Festivals & Events

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 19TH

 

Fall Instructional League, Orioles vs. Twins

12 p.m. – Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St., Sarasota – 941-954-4101
The Baltimore Orioles will host the team’s Fall Instructional League at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, with games that are free and open to the public from Sept. 15 through Oct. 7. The Instructional League program focuses on specific individual development while providing additional playing time to accelerate a player’s progress through the minor league system. Games are played on the Main Field, with parking available in the East Lot at no charge. Spectators may enter the ballpark through the East Gate. The home schedule is below. Monday, Sept. 15, 1 p.m., vs. Rays Friday, Sept. 19, 12 p.m., vs. Twins Monday, Sept. 22, 12 p.m., vs. Red Sox Friday, Sept. 26, 1 p.m. vs. Rays Tuesday, Sept. 30, 12 p.m., vs. Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 2, 12 p.m. vs. Twins Saturday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m., vs. Phillies Tuesday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m., vs. Pirates

 

Live From Downtown – It’s Friday Night, Towles Court Art Walk

6-10 pm – Towles Court Art District, 1938 Adams Lane, Sarasota – 941-374-1988 All galleries, restaurants and businesses are open for the Live from Downtown – It’s Friday Night, Towles Court Art Walk, every third Friday from 6 – 10 pm. You will find various styles and mediums of art in a unique and beautiful setting. For directions and details visit our website. Parking available.

 

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. Thursday through Sunday evenings. 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

Live Jazz at Ziti Restaurant

6-9 p.m. – Ziti, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-706-1281
Evening of live jazz every Wednesday & Friday. Local jazz trio featuring the vocals of Shelly Torman. From Cab Calloway to Frank Sinatra, Torman is a class act and has performed at such local venues as The Jazz Club Of Sarasota, Ophelia’s On The Bay, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel and the Lakewood Ranch Country Club. Make your reservations today – limited seating! $20 minimum per person purchase for dining room seating with the band. No minimum purchase on bar or patio seating.

“Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser,” Music & Movies, Bishop Planetarium

6 p.m. – Bishop Planetarium, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton – 941-746-4131
(1988) Rated PG-13, 90 minutes. From his childhood in New York City’s San Juan Hill, Thelonious Monk grew up to become one of the most innovative jazz pianists of all time. Monk ushered in the bebop era of the 1940s and influenced such contemporary greats as Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Concert footage and Interviews shed light on the character of the jazz giant. Music performance by Intuit. Realize Bradenton and the South Florida Museum have joined forces for a great new series of evening programs called “Music & Movies,” featuring live musical performances followed by films about some of your favorite musicians! On Fridays, July 11-Sept. 19 (excluding July 18), local musicians assembled by the Del Couch Music Education Foundation and sponsored by Realize Bradenton and the Bradenton Downtown Development Authority will perform in the Bishop Planetarium theater at the South Florida Museum, followed by special screenings of great music documentaries. Light bites will be provided by Renaissance on 9th and available for purchase. $5; members $3

Full Moon Friday Happy Hour

5pm – 9pm – 1413 Main St. @ Five Points, 1413 Main St, Sarasota – 941-223-9159
We are excited for you to join us for the re-opening of the NEW & Improved Ivory Lounge. 1413 Main St @ Five Points. EVERY FRIDAY starting July 25th, Full Moon Promotions will be your host for the BEST & Latest HAPPY HOUR on Main St. From 5pm-9pm we’ll have LIVE music or a DJ spinning lounge beats (like we did at The Ritz “777″ :-) DJ Aaron LeSage from Tampa will kick us off A special Food menu is being created and will be provided by Cafe Americano. Sponsored by Veuve Clicquot & Bulleit Bourbon to keep with FMP Orange theme, we’ll be offering $60 Bottles of Veuve!!!! Of course we’ll have a Full Moon Martini and many other drink specials to select from. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Alice in Wonderland – Venice Theatre Generations Fantasy in the Pinkerton

Box Office Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00am-3:00pm or anytime at www.venicestage.com – Venice Theatre, Venice Theatre, Venice – 941-488-1115 September 11 – 21, 2014 Thursday-Saturday 7:00 pm Saturday & Sunday matinees 2:00 pm Based on the book by Lewis Carroll Lewis Carroll’s unflappable young heroine takes a tumble down an enchanted rabbit hole to an off-kilter world where nothing is as it seems. Join her on her adventure where you’ll encounter mock turtles, dancing flora, smiling cats, punctual rabbits and mad tea parties. Prices: Adult $17, Child (pre-K to 12th) $10, Student (Full-time college) $13 There is a $1.50 per ticket fee for phone orders and online orders.

Lap Sit and Baby Rhyme & Sign

11:00-11:30 a.m. – Selby Public Library, 1331 1st Street, Sarasota – 941-861-1130
11-11:30 a.m. Recommended for ages newborn-18 months. Lap Sit is an interactive program featuring movement to music, singing, rhymes, fingerplays, and basic sign language. Baby Rhyme and Sign focuses more on sign language. Both programs foster positive interaction between the parent/caregiver and young children in the area of language development. Playtime follows.

Tuscany by Night! Sarasota Singles Society

6:00pm – Sara Bay Country Club, 7011 Willow Street, Sarasota – 941-504-4064
There’s something about the Italian wine region of Tuscany that has captured the hearts of people the world over. Perhaps it is their absolute passion for La Dolce Vita. When friends gather it is to celebrate life, enjoying music, wine, relaxed dining and dancing. Reminiscent of a charming Tuscan villa, The Palm Room at Sara Bay will provide the perfect atmosphere for enjoying a Tuscan inspired evening September 19th, at 6pm. The chef’s fine menu to complement the evening sounds delicious – Buon Appetito! The romantic music of the region, ‘O sole mio will fill us with the spirit of Tuscany as we arrive to an evening of wine, music, relaxed dining and dancing. You will not want to say Arrivederci to La Dolce Vita… **GUEST FEE WAIVED FOR GENTLEMEN** ATTEND AT MEMBER PRICE *YOU MUST CALL TO RECEIVE DISCOUNT* – Price includes use of the club, buffet dinner, live music, tax and gratuity – There will be a cash bar – Dressy Casual Attire – Reservations and payment must be received by September 16th Members $60 Non-Members $80

RJ Harman & Company

9:00 pm – midnight – Blue Rooster, 1525 4th Street, Sarasota – 941-388-7539
Orlando blues harmonica virtuoso RJ Harman is a two-time Florida Harmonica Championship winner and his band has earned top prizes and People’s Choice awards at each of the 2011 and 2012 Central Florida International Blues Challenges. $5

No Kid Hungry and Tommy Bahama Join Forces To Help End Childhood Hunger in America

Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Bar & Store, 300 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota – 941-388-2446
One in five children in America struggle with hunger, and for the second year, Tommy Bahama is partnering with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. Throughout September, guests visiting any Tommy Bahama Restaurant or full-priced U.S. retail location, as well as tommybahama.com can make a $5 donation to No Kid Hungry. In exchange for the donation, Tommy Bahama is offering a $20 promotional award card that can be redeemed in Tommy Bahama Restaurants, full-priced U.S. retail stores and tommybahama.com from October 1st-31st. Anyone who chooses to donate $1 at any Tommy Bahama Restaurant location will receive an orange wrist band with the island-inspired lifestyle brand’s motto “Make Life One Long Weekend.™” Funds are used to raise awareness about child hunger in the U.S.; create public-private partnerships that align kids with the resources they need; support nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals; and educate kids and their families on how to cook healthy meals with limited resources.

Feathers & Fins

6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – Fins at Sharky’s, 1600 Harbor Dr. S, Venice – 941-350-7157
On Friday, September 19, 2014 Fins at Sharky’s, 1600 Harbor Dr. S., will open its doors in support of the 2014 Chalk Festival in Venice. Join the Pachota’s of Fins, Emma Kate Scovill of the Young Professional Group (YPG) and Denise Kowal, Festival Founder, for an elegant evening of cocktails, delicious fair & wine parings beginning at 6 p.m., to benefit the inaugural season of the Sarasota Chalk Festival in Venice, celebrating the 2014 theme Extinct and Endangered Species. Tickets are $125 per person and include an added bonus: one ticket to the Opening Gala on Nov. 13th. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Levels vary from $250.00 to $2,500 and include tickets to the Chalk Festival in Venice Opening Gala and sponsor

Jim Breuer at McCurdy’s Comedy Club

Friday, September 19 at 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM; Saturday September 20 7:00 & 9:30 PM – McCurdy’s Comedy Club, 1923 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota – 941-925-3869
With over 20 years of stand-up comedy experience, Jim Breuer remains one of today’s top entertainers and continues to win over audiences with his off-the-wall humor and lovable personality. Named one of Comedy Central’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time, Breuer is one of the most recognizable comedians in the business, known for his charismatic stage antics, dead-on impressions, and family-friendly stand-up. In addition to keeping busy on his current comedy tour, Breuer can be heard on his weekly Sirius/XM Radio show “Fridays with Breuer,” featuring guests such as Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Cosby, Chris Rock, Dennis Leary, and Jeff Foxworthy. Jim was also a regular cast member on “Saturday Night Live” and starred in the cult stoner comedy “Half Baked. $33.00

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 20TH

 

Heart Walk at Payne Park

5:00 AM – Noon – Payne Park, 2050 Adams Lane, Sarasota – 407-301-7175
Set up: Friday September 19th (10am -2pm) Walk: Saturday September 20th (5am-12noon) Location: Payne Park Approximate numbers: 1,200 Purpose: To raise funds to go towards life-saving research and educational awareness to help fight cardiovascular disease and stroke.

 

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.

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 food movement with produce from local, small, and family farms! 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 Rd., Sarasota, FL 34233. Please visit www.centralsarasotafarmersmarket.com. · Locally grown produce · Small & Family Farms · Fresh baked goods · Great food vendors · Local artists & artisans · Live entertainment · Convenient location with ample parking · Indoor restrooms · Pet friendly environment · Flat, paved surface for canes, walkers, & wheelchairs

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!

Yoga on the Terrace, Ca’ d’Zan, The Ringling

8:30 a.m. – The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota – 941-359-5700
Yoga on the Ca’ d’Zan Terrace at the Ringling Estate. Bring a mat, towel and water. Parking is available at the Ca’ d’Zan parking lot. This is a free event. After 10 a.m., standard admission to the museum applies. In the case of inclement weather, this event will be canceled.

 

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

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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.

Big Shoals

8 pm to 11 pm – Forgartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota – 941-894-6469 -
Hailing from Gainesville, FL, Big Shoals has staked their claim as a serious band with a range that goes from a loud roar to a beautiful whisper. With thought provoking lyrics and songs that stick in your mind and hold on for days, the crowd always walks away wanting more. O’Captain, a brand new indie/folk band from Sarasota, will open the show. $8 adv/ $10 door

Lend Me a Tenor, The Players Theatre

2:00 pm & 7:30 p.m. – Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-365-2494
Back by popular demand, enjoy this full revival with the original cast of this hysterical farce. What happens when the curtain is about to rise and the lead tenor is missing?! Local reviewers called it “The Players’ best comedy EVER.” Single tickets available for purchase Aug. 1, 2014. Performances various dates and times Sept. 10-21. $30; $25

Manasota Beach Youth Fishing Tournament

8:30-10 a.m. – Manasota Beach, 8570 Manasota Key Road, Englewood – 941-861-1980
Little anglers ages 14 and under can see what’s biting at Englewood’s Manasota Beach during this second annual catch-and-release tournament. Bait will be provided for participants, and prizes will be awarded among different age groups for things like biggest or most unusual catch. The fee to participate is just $1, and all kids must be supervised by a parent or guardian. $1

Boys & Girls Clubs Day for Kids, North Port

10 a.m.-1 p.m. – Gene Matthews Boys & Girls Club, 6851 South Biscayne Drive, North Port – 941-423-4405
This free annual event celebrates the positive work done by the Gene Matthews Boys and Girls Club in North Port with all kinds of activities for kids, including bounce houses, waterslides, a rock wall and obstacle course, and hula-hoop and jump-rope contests. Attendees can check out a K-9 demonstration and fire truck and snack on free hot dogs, chips, and drinks when they need to refuel. The first 150 kids at the event get a free Day for Kids T-shirt.

Chefs Cooking for Kids, Big Brothers Big Sisters Fundraiser, North Port

6-9 p.m. – Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, 5301 Heron Creek Blvd., North Port – 941-488-4009
Enjoy some good eats for a good cause at this fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, held at North Port’s Heron Creek Golf & Country Club. Attendees can sample cuisine from local chefs and restaurants and take part in an auction. Proceeds benefit the organization’s one-on-one mentoring programs. $35

 

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.

 

Breakfast Serial Club

10:30 – 11:30 – Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main Street, Sarasota – 941-365-7900
Saturday mornings in September, 10:30 am. Breakfast Serial Book Club. 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.

Alice in Wonderland – Venice Theatre Generations Fantasy in the Pinkerton

Box Office Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00am-3:00pm or anytime at www.venicestage.com – Venice Theatre, Venice Theatre, Venice – 941-488-1115 September 11 – 21, 2014 Thursday-Saturday 7:00 pm Saturday & Sunday matinees 2:00 pm Based on the book by Lewis Carroll Lewis Carroll’s unflappable young heroine takes a tumble down an enchanted rabbit hole to an off-kilter world where nothing is as it seems. Join her on her adventure where you’ll encounter mock turtles, dancing flora, smiling cats, punctual rabbits and mad tea parties. Prices: Adult $17, Child (pre-K to 12th) $10, Student (Full-time college) $13 There is a $1.50 per ticket fee for phone orders and online orders.

Mike Imbasciani & His BluezRockerz

9:00 pm – midnight – Blue Rooster, 1525 4th Street, Sarasota – 941-388-7539
Mike Imbasciani is a blues/rock guitar prodigy from Charlotte Harbor, FL. Backed by a top-notch band, the Mike and his BluezRockerz perform classic favorites from the genres of blues, rock, and rockabilly. $5

No Kid Hungry and Tommy Bahama Join Forces To Help End Childhood Hunger in America

Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Bar & Store, 300 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota – 941-388-2446
One in five children in America struggle with hunger, and for the second year, Tommy Bahama is partnering with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. Throughout September, guests visiting any Tommy Bahama Restaurant or full-priced U.S. retail location, as well as tommybahama.com can make a $5 donation to No Kid Hungry. In exchange for the donation, Tommy Bahama is offering a $20 promotional award card that can be redeemed in Tommy Bahama Restaurants, full-priced U.S. retail stores and tommybahama.com from October 1st-31st. Anyone who chooses to donate $1 at any Tommy Bahama Restaurant location will receive an orange wrist band with the island-inspired lifestyle brand’s motto “Make Life One Long Weekend.™” Funds are used to raise awareness about child hunger in the U.S.; create public-private partnerships that align kids with the resources they need; support nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals; and educate kids and their families on how to cook healthy meals with limited resources.

National Drive Electric Day

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota – 941-388-4441 Electric vehicles and other eco-friendly technologies will show their power during “Electrify the Island”: the Sarasota-based festival for the nationwide celebration National Drive Electric Day. Electrify the Island will feature a plug-in electric vehicle (EV) expo, ride-and-drive sessions that allow visitors to test some of the sleekest EVs around, including cars from Tesla and Nissan, along with vendors focused on sustainability and energy efficiency, educational booths, and a special discount at Mote Aquarium. To sponsor this event, contact Stacy Alexander, stacyalexander@mote.org or contact Chris Sharek,chris.sharek@nv5.comTo RSVP your EV for display and/or a post-event rally (drive to a local beach restaurant), contact Patrick Gannon, pgannon@gmail.comEvent attendees will receive discount admission to Mote Aquarium on Sept. 20, 2014 only: $10 for adults, $9 for seniors (65 and older) and $5 for kids (ages 4-12). Age 3 and younger free. Coupons will be available at the Electrify the Island event. Coupon must be presented at time of ticket purchase on Sept. 20. It may not be used for a refund after your purchase and is not valid with any other offer. Event Sponsors: FPL Connect, Brilliant Harvest, LLC, Gettel Nissan, Region Solar, Sunset Chevrolet Buick GMC, Sarasota Ford, Willis Smith Construction, Apollo Sunguard Systems, Eco-Smart, City of Sarasota, Sarasota County, Sierra Club, Plug In America, Electric Auto Association. Mote admission not required to attend Electrify the Island.

Fall ART: Concept Art Workshop

9:00AM-2:00PM – Ringling College of Art and Design, 2700 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-955-8866
This course introduces students to a variety of illustration techniques and methods that are used to create characters and background designs for animation, video games and movies. Students learn how to research and brainstorm as a group and explore improvisational techniques needed to create and apply conceptual work into their character and scene creations. This is a studio workshop and a recommended prelude to Experimental Animation $195

Fall ART: Printmaking: Screen, Monotype, Lino + Relief

9:00AM-12Noon – Ringling College of Art and Design, 2700 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-955-8866
Make multiples of art images through printmaking techniques such as monotype, transfer, etching and relief. Examples and demonstrations inform the course. Participants are encouraged to explore and develop their artistic visions and vocabularies. All skill levels welcome. Advanced participants may do independent work. Previous drawing experience required. $395

Goodwill’s Halloween Kick-Off

9:00am – 8:00pm – Goodwill Retail Centers, 1704 N. Honore Ave, Sarasota – 941-355-2721
Goodwill Manasota is excited to help community members enjoy a unique, fun and affordable Halloween this year. To encourage the spirit of the season, all of Goodwill’s retail centers will participate in the annual Halloween Kick-Off this Saturday during regular store hours. Team members will be in costume, the stores decorated, Halloween costume idea books on display, and everyone in hauntingly good spirits. Halloween shopping makes October the best shopping season of the year at Goodwill. To find your local Goodwill retail center, go to www.experiencegoodwill.org.

USFSM Master’s Info Session

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-359-4264
Attendees will receive a brief overview of the university, information about specific master’s degree programs, the admissions process, financial aid and other services. There will be complimentary food and beverages in addition to a campus tours and an interactive alumni panel. There will also be an opportunity to meet in small groups with the appropriate staff members to discuss prerequisites, transcripts and other details pertaining to individual programs of interest, and to meet faculty and graduates.

Jim Breuer at McCurdy’s Comedy Club

Saturday September 20 7:00 & 9:30 PM – McCurdy’s Comedy Club, 1923 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota – 941-925-3869 -
With over 20 years of stand-up comedy experience, Jim Breuer remains one of today’s top entertainers and continues to win over audiences with his off-the-wall humor and lovable personality. Named one of Comedy Central’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time, Breuer is one of the most recognizable comedians in the business, known for his charismatic stage antics, dead-on impressions, and family-friendly stand-up. In addition to keeping busy on his current comedy tour, Breuer can be heard on his weekly Sirius/XM Radio show “Fridays with Breuer,” featuring guests such as Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Cosby, Chris Rock, Dennis Leary, and Jeff Foxworthy. Jim was also a regular cast member on “Saturday Night Live” and starred in the cult stoner comedy “Half Baked. $33.00

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 21ST

 

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.

Drum Circle, Siesta Key Beach

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Siesta Key Beach, 948 Beach Road, Sarasota
The community drum circle at Siesta Key Beach gathers every Sunday, about an hour before sunset, just south of the main beach pavilion, between lifeguard stands 3 and 4 on Siesta Public Beach. Just follow your ears. This is not a commercial event but local phenomenon that began spontaneously and now has a life of its own. The crowd may include street performers, whirling dancers and spectacular fire jugglers.

Sarasota Zen Study Group meditation

7:00 PM – 8:15 PM – Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota – 941-702-1662 -
The Sarasota Zen Study Group meets every Sunday night at 7 pm in the Jefferson Room on the campus of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota. All those who are interested – both beginners and experienced Zen practitioners – are invited to join the group and share their interests. The first part of each session is dedicated to the study of Zen; we read or listen to a tract by a famous Zen master and explore its importance. In the final half of the session we practice Zen (or meditation) and end with a chant of the heart Sutra. Drop in and drop out (no need to come to every session, if you’re otherwise engaged). We’re there every Sunday night to share with you what we’ve learned.

Lend Me a Tenor, The Players Theatre

2 p.m. – Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-365-2494
Back by popular demand, enjoy this full revival with the original cast of this hysterical farce. What happens when the curtain is about to rise and the lead tenor is missing?! Local reviewers called it “The Players’ best comedy EVER.” Single tickets available for purchase Aug. 1, 2014. Performances various dates and times Sept. 10-21. $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.

Alice in Wonderland – Venice Theatre Generations Fantasy in the Pinkerton

Box Office Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00am-3:00pm or anytime at www.venicestage.com – Venice Theatre, Venice Theatre, Venice – 941-488-1115 September 11 – 21, 2014 Thursday-Saturday 7:00 pm Saturday & Sunday matinees 2:00 pm Based on the book by Lewis Carroll Lewis Carroll’s unflappable young heroine takes a tumble down an enchanted rabbit hole to an off-kilter world where nothing is as it seems. Join her on her adventure where you’ll encounter mock turtles, dancing flora, smiling cats, punctual rabbits and mad tea parties. Prices: Adult $17, Child (pre-K to 12th) $10, Student (Full-time college) $13 There is a $1.50 per ticket fee for phone orders and online orders.

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 22ND

 

Learn to Lawn Bowl

May 1- Oct 31 M-W-F 9am-11am. Nov 1- April 30 M-W-F 1pm – 3pm Unlimited play all year around for Members – Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club, 809 North Tamiami Trail (Hwy 41), Sarasota – 941-316-1123
Free Lessons at the Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club. Club and League Play throughout the year. Home of the US Open November 12-19 2016 & 2017. Free Lessons Summer Membership Now through October 31, 2014 only $50.00 for unlimited play Annual Memberships start November 1 only $196.00 Tournaments throughout the year

. Fall Instructional League, Orioles vs. Red Sox

12 p.m. Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St., Sarasota – 941-954-4101
The Baltimore Orioles will host the team’s Fall Instructional League at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, with games that are free and open to the public from Sept. 15 through Oct. 7. The Instructional League program focuses on specific individual development while providing additional playing time to accelerate a player’s progress through the minor league system. Games are played on the Main Field, with parking available in the East Lot at no charge. Spectators may enter the ballpark through the East Gate. The home schedule is below. Monday, Sept. 15, 1 p.m., vs. Rays Friday, Sept. 19, 12 p.m., vs. Twins Monday, Sept. 22, 12 p.m., vs. Red Sox Friday, Sept. 26, 1 p.m. vs. Rays Tuesday, Sept. 30, 12 p.m., vs. Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 2, 12 p.m. vs. Twins Saturday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m., vs. Phillies Tuesday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m., vs. Pirates

No Kid Hungry and Tommy Bahama Join Forces To Help End Childhood Hunger in America

Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Bar & Store, 300 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota – 941-388-2446
One in five children in America struggle with hunger, and for the second year, Tommy Bahama is partnering with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. Throughout September, guests visiting any Tommy Bahama Restaurant or full-priced U.S. retail location, as well as tommybahama.com can make a $5 donation to No Kid Hungry. In exchange for the donation, Tommy Bahama is offering a $20 promotional award card that can be redeemed in Tommy Bahama Restaurants, full-priced U.S. retail stores and tommybahama.com from October 1st-31st. Anyone who chooses to donate $1 at any Tommy Bahama Restaurant location will receive an orange wrist band with the island-inspired lifestyle brand’s motto “Make Life One Long Weekend.™” Funds are used to raise awareness about child hunger in the U.S.; create public-private partnerships that align kids with the resources they need; support nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals; and educate kids and their families on how to cook healthy meals with limited resources.

Blues Birthday – Five O’Clock Club

9:00 PM – Five O’Clock Club, 1930 Hillview Street, Sarasota – 941-366-5555
Monday – Al Fuller’s Blues Jam at 9pm. Al and his band start out the night with some original tunes and then host an open stage blues jam with many local musicians. Bring your instruments and join in!

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 23RD

 

Birding for Beginners

8 – 10 a.m. – Manasota Scrub Preserve, 2695 Bridge Street, Englewood – 941-861-5000
Join Nancy Edmondson, Environmental Specialist and other folks interested in developing birding as an intellectual and recreational activity. Take this opportunity to learn how to locate birds, identify the more common species and gain a greater appreciation of our winged wildlife. The educational guided walk on Manasota Scrub Preserve occurs on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, from 8 – 10 a.m. Meet in the parking lot. The preserve is one of many public lands that are available through Sarasota County’s Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program. In addition to numerous subtropical plants, visitors may hear great-horned owls or northern quail, or view red-tailed hawks overhead. Participants should wear comfortable, neutral-colored clothing, sunscreen, insect repellent, drinking water, camera (optional), and binoculars. All Sarasota County nature walks prohibit participants from smoking or bringing pets. Participants can reach Manasota Scrub Preserve, 2695 Bridge Street, Englewood by taking I -75 to Exit 193 (Jacaranda Boulevard), then traveling south 5.3 miles to Englewood Road (SR 776). Take Englewood Road (SR 776) south to Manasota Beach Road and turn west (right), then south (left) on Bridge Street. Register on-line at Parks Online. Search for your event to register, and/or create your household account to start the registration process. Space for this walk is limited to 20. If you are having problems with registration, please contact 941-861-7275 between 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. To help us provide quality programming, we would appreciate your feedback on this program. A post-event survey will be emailed to all program participants. Learn more about Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources at www.scgov.net. Sarasota County prohibits discrimination in all services, programs or activities. View the complete policy at www.scgov.net/ADA or call 941-861-5000 for more information.

 

Cellar Wine Night, Crow’s Nest, Venice

5-10 p.m. – Crow’s Nest, 1968 Tarpon Center Dr., Venice – 941-484-9551
Every Tuesday, from June through September, is Cellar Wine Night at the Crow’s Nest, when the 1200-plus wines on the restaurant’s Wine Spectator “Best of Award Excellence-”winning cellar list will be on sale 25 percent off. It’s an opportunity to try some great wines at great prices, and Florida law allows you to take home what you don’t finish.

No Kid Hungry and Tommy Bahama Join Forces To Help End Childhood Hunger in America

Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Bar & Store, 300 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota – 941-388-2446
One in five children in America struggle with hunger, and for the second year, Tommy Bahama is partnering with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. Throughout September, guests visiting any Tommy Bahama Restaurant or full-priced U.S. retail location, as well as tommybahama.com can make a $5 donation to No Kid Hungry. In exchange for the donation, Tommy Bahama is offering a $20 promotional award card that can be redeemed in Tommy Bahama Restaurants, full-priced U.S. retail stores and tommybahama.com from October 1st-31st. Anyone who chooses to donate $1 at any Tommy Bahama Restaurant location will receive an orange wrist band with the island-inspired lifestyle brand’s motto “Make Life One Long Weekend.™” Funds are used to raise awareness about child hunger in the U.S.; create public-private partnerships that align kids with the resources they need; support nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals; and educate kids and their families on how to cook healthy meals with limited resources.

Fall ART: Digital Photography I

6:30PM-9:30PM – Ringling College of Art and Design, 2700 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-955-8866
Your digital camera is a precise tool for capturing a still, visual representation of a moment. Harness its potential by learning the particular features of your camera, the fundamental skills of digital photo management, and exploring the basic aesthetics of the medium. Students must bring a digital camera and instruction booklet and must have read the booklet before coming to class. Optional: You may bring a laptop computer, and you may bring your photo images on a CD or thumb drive. $315

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 24TH

 

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.

Live Jazz at Ziti Restaurant

6-9 p.m. – Ziti, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-706-1281
Evening of live jazz every Wednesday & Friday. Local jazz trio featuring the vocals of Shelly Torman. From Cab Calloway to Frank Sinatra, Torman is a class act and has performed at such local venues as The Jazz Club Of Sarasota, Ophelia’s On The Bay, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel and the Lakewood Ranch Country Club. Make your reservations today – limited seating! $20 minimum per person purchase for dining room seating with the band. No minimum purchase on bar or patio seating.

Urbanfit Round 3

Fleet Feet Sports Sarasota, 1830 S. Osprey Ave., (Southside Village), Sarasota – 941-894-3338 -
We Can’t Get Enough! Join the new training craze that maximizes cardio & strength fitness using available urban assets such as park benches, bridges, stairs & walls. Monday, September 1st – Wednesday October 8th Meet every Monday and Wednesday at 6am to 7am Cost: $60 if you register before August 22nd, $75 after Register: http://www.fleetfeetsarasota.com/training/urban-fit-challenge

Memories: Shower of Stars Tribute Show

5:30-10:00pm – Wave Grill at the Ramada Venice Resort, 425 US 41 Bypass North, Venice – 941-308-7700
Call Early for Best Seating Tickets Pricing $20 includes Free Drink! (Tickets non-refundable) Dinner Optional-Full Menu Available Dinner Seating 5:30-7:00pm Show Starts 7:30pm Act includes Stars such as Elvis, Dolly, Connie Francis and much more… Call Hotel for Tickets 941-308-7700 $20 per ticket includes a Free Drink!

Lauren Mitchell and the Professor

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Blue Rooster, 1525 4th Street, Sarasota – 941-388-7539
Lauren Mitchell and her musical partner, Michael “The Professor” Henley, perform together in a simplified piano bar style.

“Smart, Sassy, Strong & Classy!” Women’s Gala & Speed Networking Event

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Devyn, 7111 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-773-5978
Get dressed up & network with hundreds of businesswomen from Manatee & Sarasota Counties at the area’s newest premier event venue. Visit vendor booths featuring local products & services that interest women. Participate in our fun, fast-paced speed networking session, fashion show, raffles & giveaways. Enjoy a catered luncheon & get tips from our guest speakers. This is a CAN’T MISS for businesswomen and female entrepreneurs in Sarasota and Manatee Counties! A portion of the proceeds will go to a charity to be decided upon by our sponsors. If you would like to donate raffle items for charity, please contact kristi@metrowomanmag.com. Vendor booth rentals, sponsorships, speaking opportunities and tickets available now! Visit the Events Page of www.manasotametrowoman.com for information. Space is limited. Register online: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e9lbnpxgbebbbaf8&llr=rjefzfrab Tickets $45 each, Booths $115 each

 

Fall ART: Deconstructing the Landscape

9:30AM-1:30PM – Ringling College of Art and Design, 2700 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-955-8866
This fresh approach to landscape painting frees you to express your interpretation of the landscape, flora and scene through colors, forms, and textures in oil or acrylic. Painting will take place outdoors on location. Group and individual critiques will occur on site. Beginner through advanced skill levels welcome. (Students enrolling in this course will be working outdoors and must be capable of independently traversing the landscape on foot with their supplies. $195

Watercolor Painting classes

- Renaissance School of Art, 4600 Pine Harrier Dr., Sarasota – 941-330-6865
These structured watercolor classes focus on the use of watercolor materials, various application techniques, color mixing, tonal values, composition and light distribution as well as freehand sketching. Students will draw and paint various Still Life compositions from observation and landscape from the photographs. Lessons, demonstrations and individual instructions will be given by nationally recognized artist in small group setting 4 to 8 students so you KNOW you will be getting the attention you need to advance your craft. Registration is required. $40

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 25TH

 

South County Jazz presents the Bruce Wallace Trio

2:00 pm – Venice Arts Center, 390 Nokomis Ave S,, Venice – 941-379-3342
South County Jazz presents its season opener. We are thrilled to have these three jazz legends play together for the first time ever. These superb musicians have played with the greatest names in jazz including Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Chuck Berry, and Duke Ellington Drummer, Marty Morel, was the drummer for the Bill Evans Trio for over 7 years, longer than any drummer. Guitarist, Larry Camp, has been hailed as one of the top ten jazz guitarists in the country by Musicians Magazine. This is the quintessential jazz trio and a rare treat for local jazz fans. $7 member’s $12 non-members

 

Music Mash Movement Program for Kids

2:15-3:15 – Selby Public Library, 1331 1st Street, Sarasota – 941-861-1130
2:15-3:15 p.m. Recommended for ages 3-6. Participants will dance, march, sing and play musical instruments to lively children’s songs and classical music. Dancing is followed by story time and a craft.

Art after 5, Ringling Museum

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM John & Mable Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
Slow your pace and explore the art in the Museum of Art and Circus Museum or catch a romantic sunset on Sarasota Bay by Ca’ dozen. Art after 5 special events include music and insights into the collection through gallery discussions. For more information call 941.359.5700 or visit www.ringling.org Adults $10; Children (6-17) $5; Children 5 & under free

Scottish Country Dancing

7:00 PM – 9:30 PM – John Chidsey Bayfront Community Center, 803 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 803 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-923-2431
all dances are taught. No partner needed. Beginners welcome. $5

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

Mattison’s Forty-One Ferrari-Camano Vineyards Wine-Pairing Dinner

6:30-9:30pm – Mattison’s Forty-One, 7275 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-921-3400
Chef Paul Mattson, executive chef and proprietor of Mattison’s Restaurants & Catering in Sarasota, Florida, announces a five-course wine-pairing dinner featuring wines from Ferrari Carrion Vineyards in California on Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 6:30pm in the private catering room, “The Galleria”, at Mattison’s Forty-One, 7275 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34231. The five-course wine-pairing dinner features a select dinner menu by Chef Paul Mattson specifically created to compliment and pair with wines from Ferrari-Camano Vineyards. Ferrari-Camano has 19 estate vineyards in six different appellations totaling over 1,500 acres and they own some of the finest wine growing properties in all of California. The wine dinner is $75 plus tax and gratuity. Seating is limited, tickets available online at mattisons.com or by calling 941.921.3400. Mattison’s Forty-One, 7275 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34231 Telephone 941.921.3400 Web site mattisons.com $75 plus tax and gratuity

FREE Conversational & Practical Spanish Class

Goodwill Mecca Community Room, 5150 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-355-2721
the goal of this class is to learn conversational Spanish without getting bogged down with grammar and pesky language rules. You will learn by speaking with a native Spanish instructor. Each week, students will learn new vocabulary by speaking with the instructors and other students. The course will include different topics like: – Meeting & Greeting: Vocabulary and phrases of getting to know each other, what you like and do. – Restaurant and Travel: Learning what things are, how to communicate your preferences and to ask questions. – How to improve communication with Spanish- speaking service providers and employees. The class will decide, along with the teachers, the other topics that will be covered. TAUGHT BY Rosa Payson, a native Spanish-speaking professional. DATE September 18, 25, & October 2, 9, 16 (5 weeks) TIME 6 pm – 7:30 pm VENUE Goodwill Mecca Community Room 5150 N Tamiami Trail Sarasota RSVP 941.355.2721 x241 or GoodwillRSVP@gimi.org

Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones

8:00 pm – 11:00 pm – Blue Rooster, 1525 4th Street, Sarasota – 941-388-7539
Things really get cookin’ as Bradenton’s premier rockabilly blues hounds get the crowd jumping, jiving, and wailing.

Fall ART: Marketing, Media, & Strategy

9:30AM-2:30PM – Ringling College of Art and Design, 2700 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-955-8866
Effectively promoting your work can be as challenging and creative as making the work itself. We will identify marketing tools, and learn how to apply them in practical ways to advance the success of your business. The development of strategic messaging, consistent marketing materials, and online and social communication with your consumers will be covered. Simple tactics for promoting your work online through websites, blogs, social media, and PR will expand your work’s marketing potential. $350

“Painting Sarasota” Party

6:00 – 9:00 pm – Renaissance School of Art, 4600 Pine Harrier Dr., Sarasota – 941-330-6865
FUN TIME WITH FINE ART ! Nationally recognized artist and art instructor Vladislav Yeliseyev will lead you through the whole process of creating beautiful watercolor painting of one of the picturesque views of Sarasota. You will learn a lot about art and painting while having fun with your friends! Beginners are welcome! The fee is $45 per person and includes: all art materials, wine, cheese and other refreshments. Registration is required. Check updated schedule on our website. Sign for our Newsletter to receives all the updates regarding classes, events, workshops, demonstrations and parties. Private Painting party time can be scheduled. Birthdays for adults Girls nights out Friends get together Couples nights Anniversaries $45

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 26TH

 

Fall Instructional League, Orioles vs. Rays

1 p.m. – Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St., Sarasota – 941-954-4101
The Baltimore Orioles will host the team’s Fall Instructional League at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, with games that are free and open to the public from Sept. 15 through Oct. 7. The Instructional League program focuses on specific individual development while providing additional playing time to accelerate a player’s progress through the minor league system. Games are played on the Main Field, with parking available in the East Lot at no charge. Spectators may enter the ballpark through the East Gate. The home schedule is below. Monday, Sept. 15, 1 p.m., vs. Rays Friday, Sept. 19, 12 p.m., vs. Twins Monday, Sept. 22, 12 p.m., vs. Red Sox Friday, Sept. 26, 1 p.m. vs. Rays Tuesday, Sept. 30, 12 p.m., vs. Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 2, 12 p.m. vs. Twins Saturday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m., vs. Phillies Tuesday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m., vs. Pirates

 

Fourth Friday at the Historic Downtown Village

5:00 – 9:00 pm – Downtown Historic Village Shops, 1861 Fruitville Rd. or 1844 4th St., Sarasota – 941-388-3700 -
Stroll the galleries, shops, and dining establishments in the Historic Downtown Village while enjoying live entertainment, tasty hors d’oeuvres, and wine. This month featuring B’s Cool Treats dessert truck, artist meet and greet, painting demonstration, intuitive readings, LED hoola hooper, children’s book signing, and more.

Adrian Ray, Friday Fest, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

5 p.m. (- Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota – 941-953-3368
For the fourth and final Friday Fest, it’s cowboy cutie Adrian Ray and his blue collar, in-your-face, country music band. The release of his self-titled album, which has been described as “Heavy Country,” truly bridges today’s country music with classic rock, a little bit of Southern rock and a whole lot of soul. You will be amazed at the show he puts on! Check him out and you will see why: http://www.adrianray.com/index.php/music. Friday Fest takes place rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, the Festival will move indoors to the Grand Foyer of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Bringing in food and drink from outside the Fest is prohibited; coolers and weapons of any kind are also prohibited

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. Thursday through Sunday evenings. 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

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Live Jazz at Ziti Restaurant

6-9 p.m. – Ziti, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-706-1281
Evening of live jazz every Wednesday & Friday. Local jazz trio featuring the vocals of Shelly Torman. From Cab Calloway to Frank Sinatra, Torman is a class act and has performed at such local venues as The Jazz Club Of Sarasota, Ophelia’s On The Bay, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel and the Lakewood Ranch Country Club. Make your reservations today – limited seating! $20 minimum per person purchase for dining room seating with the band. No minimum purchase on bar or patio seating.

Billgrass: A Tribute to the Father of Bluegrass, Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center

8 p.m. Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota – 941-894-6469
Enjoy performances by Grandpa’s Cough Medicine and the Florida Mountain Boys, each playing their own brand of bluegrass! Grandpa’s Cough Medicine falls squarely into what is being called “outlaw bluegrass” by many folks, with songs about corrupt politicians, executing would-be thieves, heavy metal induced killing sprees, the joys of pickin’ and many a drinkin’ song. The Florida Mountain Boys play a wide variety of favorites, from Old & In the Way, to O’ Brother Where Art Thou, and more contemporary songs; no show is ever the same. Whether it’s their high tempo tunes or their sweet soulful harmonies, everybody finds something to love. $10.70

Lap Sit and Baby Rhyme & Sign

11:00-11:30 a.m. – Selby Public Library, 1331 1st Street, Sarasota – 941-861-1130
11-11:30 a.m. Recommended for ages newborn-18 months. Lap Sit is an interactive program featuring movement to music, singing, rhymes, fingerplays, and basic sign language. Baby Rhyme and Sign focuses more on sign language. Both programs foster positive interaction between the parent/caregiver and young children in the area of language development. Playtime follows.

Kettle of Fish

9:00 pm – midnight – Blue Rooster, 1525 4th Street, Sarasota – 941-388-7539
Kettle of Fish has always been a co-op of the best musicians in the area; the constant change of lineup only leads to more fun! “Rootsy blues rock with soul” kind of sound. $5

September Shop, Sip and Soothe

5pm- 9pm – Nancy R. Hall Art Gallery, 1899 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota – 941-313-0334
Guests will enjoy luxury shopping from local lines; TOCCO LUSSO and Barb McSweeney Jewelry while surrounded by the colorful and energizing gallery of Nancy R. Hall at, 1899 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34205. To benefit Selah Freedom, 20% all proceeds will go directly to the organization. The evening corresponds with the monthly neighborhood walk, The Fourth Friday of the Historic Downtown Villages of Sarasota. Shoppers will be encouraged to completely unwind with light bites and drinks. Betherapymassage will be also be in gallery to do chair massages for guests that need to relax a bit more. The evening will begin at 5pm with shopping and soothing to enjoy until 9pm.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 27TH

 

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.

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 food movement with produce from local, small, and family farms! 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 Rd., Sarasota, FL 34233. Please visit www.centralsarasotafarmersmarket.com. · Locally grown produce · Small & Family Farms · Fresh baked goods · Great food vendors · Local artists & artisans · Live entertainment · Convenient location with ample parking · Indoor restrooms · Pet friendly environment · Flat, paved surface for canes, walkers, & wheelchairs

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!

1st Annual Flip-flop Walk for Autism Awareness

8:00 am – 11:00 am – J D Hamel Park, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota – 813-240-3044
Put your best foot forward and rally your friends, family and co-workers in support of Face Autism’s first annual Flip Flop Walk for Autism Awareness on Saturday September 27, 2014 starting at 8:00am at JD Hamel Park (US 41/Main Street). The walk will be across the Ringling Causeway to Bird Key and back! Get out, get active, and help raise money to support the events, programs and classes that Face Autism provides for all families with a child diagnosed with autism. Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder in the U.S. and we need the Suncoast area to join in our fight. Registration/Sponsorship forms and information are available at face-autism.org. Thanks for “Providing Hope for Children with Autism”. Walker Donation is $20.00

Arts and Crafts Saturday, Mixon Fruit Farms

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Mixon Fruit Farms, 2525 27th St. E., Bradenton – 941-748-5829
Mixon will have arts, crafts and more the fourth Saturday of the month June through September. Mark your calendars and plan on enjoying locally crafted products, such as jewelry, wall hangings, pottery and candles. There’s plenty of room in their warehouse for 20 to 30 booths with authors, crafters, antiques and yummy treats! Don’t miss out.

Make Your Own Survival Cord Bracelet – A Free Kids Event

10AM – 4PM – Children’s World, 4525 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota – 941-955-6999
Bring the kids in to learn how to make their very own survival cord bracelet. Made out of parachute cord, this versatile cord can be used for all kinds of things, and, it travels with you all of the time as a cool bracelet. Kids will get to make, and keep one of their own. As always, this event is free for the kids, anytime 10AM – 4PM. Children’s World 4525 Bee Ridge Road Sarasota 955-6999 www.childrensworlduniform.com www.facebook.com/childrensworldu

Volunteers invited to celebrate National Public Lands Day Sept. 27

9 am – 12 pm – Arlington Park and Aquatic Center, 2650 Waldemere Street, Sarasota – 941-861-5000
Saturday, Sept. 27 is National Public Lands Day and Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources staff will host a volunteer event from 9 a.m. – noon, at Arlington Park, 2650 Waldemere Street, Sarasota. “This event is an excellent opportunity for volunteers to help maintain the parks’ features,” said Scott Jalwan, Parks and Recreation Specialist and coordinator of Arlington Park. Staff will work with volunteers to improve the park by weeding, pruning and removing nuisance exotic plants. To participate in the event volunteers should register in advance online at www.scgov.net. Select the “Calendar” tab on the left. Select “September” from the drop down list and click “Go.” Then choose “National Public Lands Day” on Sept. 27. Space for this event is limited to 25 volunteers. Volunteers are encouraged to bring loppers or hand pruners, work gloves, a hat, sunglasses, water, bug spray and sunscreen. Volunteers should also wear closed-toe, closed-heel shoes such as hiking boots or sneakers. National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance America’s public lands. Last year more than 170,000 volunteers nationwide built trails and bridges, planted trees and plants, and removed trash and invasive plants. This effort contributed an estimated $17 million to improve public lands across the country. For more information, please contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 and ask for Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources or visit www.scgov.net. Sarasota County prohibits discrimination in all services, programs or activities. View the complete policy at www.scgov.net/ADA.

Native Plant Walk

9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Native Plant Walk, 2695 Bridge St., Englewood – 941-474-1492
9:00 AM: Join the Mangrove Chapter of the Native Plant Society on a stroll in Manasota Scrub Preserve-West, 2695 Bridge St., Englewood. Upland and wetland communities with Gopher Tortoises, Northern Bobwhite and Great Horned Owls are here. Golden Aster, Blazing Star, Damon Holly and Hairy Join tweed are among the plants found here. The trails may be wet in spots so wear appropriate footwear. For more information contact Denny Girard 941.474.1492 or dennyg29@msn.com

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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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.

Aura Photography with Suzanne Baden

10:30 am – 5:30pm – Elysian Fields, 1273 Tamiami Trail South, Sarasota – 941-361-3006
Experience Aura Photography with Suzanne Baden using exciting new digital photo technology! The upgraded equipment creates amazing photos and videos of your Auric Field! Every person’s aura is their unique signature of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. With this revolutionary technology, you can see your aura in much the same way a clairvoyant person would. Enjoy these great new benefits: • Digital photos are more vivid and detailed than the older Polaroid photos. • See your aura on a computer screen and watch the colors shift as you hold a crystal or touch another person. • Take your photo home, and for just $5 more, you can also choose to have the digital image emailed to you. • Share your aura photo by email or on Facebook – even make it your desktop background! Don’t miss this chance to see yourself in bright, beautiful, digital color! The Aura Photographer will interpret your photo with a 5 minute mini reading. $25

Breakfast Serial Club

10:30 – 11:30 – Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main Street, Sarasota – 941-365-7900
Saturday mornings in September, 10:30 am. Breakfast Serial Book Club. 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.

Special Adult Discussion

5pm-6pm – Louie’s Modern Coffee Bar, 1289 North Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-365-7900
Wednesday, September 24th at 5:00 pm. Special Adult Discussion of The Secret Garden in anticipation of Sarasota Ballet’s fall production. Louie’s Modern outdoor bar, 1289 North Palm Avenue. This is your chance to re-read—or read for the first time—the much-loved classic by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Elsie Souza will lead the discussion, which is bound to evoke lots of childhood memories. Purchase of the book at Bookstore1 required for participation. More event info at www.bookstore1sarasota.com or 941-365-7900.

Ellie Lee & Blues Fury

9:00 pm – midnight – Blue Rooster, 1525 4th Street, Sarasota – 941-388-7539
Winner of numerous awards, Ellie Lee and her band are an exciting rockin’ blues band with a dynamic onstage presence. Ellie’s guitar virtuosity has been compared to Carlos Santana, Albert King and Jimi Hendrix. $5

No Kid Hungry and Tommy Bahama Join Forces To Help End Childhood Hunger in America

Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Bar & Store, 300 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota – 941-388-2446
One in five children in America struggle with hunger, and for the second year, Tommy Bahama is partnering with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. Throughout September, guests visiting any Tommy Bahama Restaurant or full-priced U.S. retail location, as well as tommybahama.com can make a $5 donation to No Kid Hungry. In exchange for the donation, Tommy Bahama is offering a $20 promotional award card that can be redeemed in Tommy Bahama Restaurants, full-priced U.S. retail stores and tommybahama.com from October 1st-31st. Anyone who chooses to donate $1 at any Tommy Bahama Restaurant location will receive an orange wrist band with the island-inspired lifestyle brand’s motto “Make Life One Long Weekend.™” Funds are used to raise awareness about child hunger in the U.S.; create public-private partnerships that align kids with the resources they need; support nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals; and educate kids and their families on how to cook healthy meals with limited resources.

Beer Festival in Lakewood Ranch

3pm – 7pm – Sarasota Polo Club, 8201 Polo Club Lane, Lakewood Ranch – 941-907-0000
• 2014 Lakewood Ranch Beer Festival & Carnival • Sarasota Polo Club • Saturday, September 27th from 3-7pm. • Unlimited Samples of Over 80 Craft and Specialty Beers • Unlimited Food Samples from Many Local Restaurants • Big Top Beer Carnival • Presale Tickets for $35 and VIP for $65 • VIP Preparty Starts at 2pm • Part of the Proceeds from this Event Will Benefit Center for Building Hope & Bros 4 Bras. Get Tickets at http://www.LWRBeerFestival.com/get_tickets.html General Admission – $35 VIP – $65 Non-Drinker/Carnival – $10

Fall ART: Concept Art Workshop

9:00AM-2:00PM – Ringling College of Art and Design, 2700 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-955-8866
This course introduces students to a variety of illustration techniques and methods that are used to create characters and background designs for animation, video games and movies. Students learn how to research and brainstorm as a group and explore improvisational techniques needed to create and apply conceptual work into their character and scene creations. This is a studio workshop and a recommended prelude to Experimental Animation $195

Fall ART: Intro to the Macintosh

9:30AM-12 Noon – Ringling College of Art and Design, 2700 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-955-8866
Master the fundamental skills necessary to use the Macintosh computer comfortably while fulfilling the prerequisite for other digital courses. Basic skills such as logging into home and web spaces, and understanding the differences and similarities between Mac and PC window and file management will be covered. PC users can learn on the Mac during class, and transfer their knowledge to practice on their PC at home. $55

Free SAT Practice Test and Strategies Workshop

11:45 AM – Selby Public Library, 1331 First Street, Sarasota – 941-861-1130
This free SAT practice test is administered by The Princeton Review. Arrive no later than 11:45 a.m. and bring #2 pencils, a scientific/graphing calculator, and snacks/drinks. The test begins at 12:00 noon. Get your scores on Saturday, October 18th, 2:30 p.m., at the free test strategies workshop, in the Jack G. Geldbart Auditorium of Selby Public Library. Register for both at the library website on the calendar link, dates or call (941) 861-5000.

Z Club Sarasota Grand Opening!

9:30am – 11:30am – Z Club Sarasota, 4900 Fruitville Road, Sarasota – 941-374-1560
Join as  we open the doors to Z Club Sarasota.com, located at 4900 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL., from 9:30am – 11:30am! FREE ADMISSION & DEMONSTRATIONS of the classes we offer to include: Zumba, Pound Fit, Brazilian Butt Lift & Belly Dance. Refreshments, FREE Gifts, Music & FUN! In honor of our participants and to celebrate our Grand Opening, Z Club Sarasota will be making a donation to the Susan. G. Komen Foundation. Donations by CHECK to Susan G. Komen will be accepted. NO CASH PLEASE. Wear comfortable clothes so you can dance with us. Our Pros will show you how! Women owned and operated business.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 28TH

 

Heroic Brass – Thriving

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota – 941-928-0296
On September 14, 2014, The First Brass of Sarasota and organist Neil Page, will present “Heroic Brass – Surviving” at St. Boniface Episcopal Church, 5615 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key, FL at 4:00 p.m.  The show will reflect on the events that took place on 9-11 and will honor First Responders and those who lost their lives.  The performance will showcase three of this regions young virtuosos: Carlann Evans, Sara Peeples-McNatt and Federico Valencia.  Two weeks later on September 28, 2014, The First Brass will team up with organist, Ann Stephenson-Moe presenting “Heroic Brass – Thriving” at Church of the Redeemer, 222 N. Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL at 5:15 p.m.  This concert captures the resilience of the American spirit to overcome adversity. The First Brass includes trumpets, trombones, French horns, tubas, percussion and keyboard.  Repertoire includes John Williams’ “Summon the Heroes,” and “The Theme from Superman”, “Mars from The Planets” by Gustav Hoist and in keeping with the groups sacred roots, the brass will raise the roof with original arrangements by Rick Nichols: “Holy, Holy, Holy”, “Worship the King”, and “Be Still My Soul”.   $15.00 / advance and $20.00 / at door

Chakra Energy Sessions with Suzanne Baden

12:15pm – 4:45pm – Elysian Fields, 1273 Tamiami Trail South, Sarasota – 941-361-3006
• See your Chakra & Aura Colors change on the screen. • Discover how your colors shift when you hold certain crystals or stones. • See how energy from Suzanne’s hands affects your aura and chakras. Session includes a photo snapshot of full body chakras with a summary printout of chakra colors. Also available upon request – CD of your session for $10. $45

 

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.

Sarasota Zen Study Group meditation

7:00 PM – 8:15 PM – Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota – 941-702-1662 -
The Sarasota Zen Study Group meets every Sunday night at 7 pm in the Jefferson Room on the campus of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota. All those who are interested – both beginners and experienced Zen practitioners – are invited to join the group and share their interests. The first part of each session is dedicated to the study of Zen; we read or listen to a tract by a famous Zen master and explore its importance. In the final half of the session we practice Zen (or meditation) and end with a chant of the heart Sutra. Drop in and drop out (no need to come to every session, if you’re otherwise engaged). We’re there every Sunday night to share with you what we’ve learned.

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.

 

CONTINUING EVENTS & HAPPENININGS

MUSEUM • EXHIBITS • GALLERIES

Thomas Chimes from the Permanent Collection, 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
With the recent gift of important paintings and works on paper by Thomas Chimes, The Ringling now holds a significant collection of this American artist’s work. The Ringling and Thomas Chimes have had a long history together as the museum organized the first survey exhibition of his work in 1968. On view will be the impressive Ringling Mural measuring some 17 feet across accompanied by preparatory studies showing the artist’s working process, as well as a selection of characteristic portraits. Thomas Chimes (1921-2009) was born in Philadelphia to Greek parents. Chimes enrolled in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1939 and then in the Art Students League, New York, in 1941, where he studied with Frank Vincent Du Mond, the former teacher of John Marin and Georgia O’Keeffe. The work of Thomas Chimes is included in many notable public and private collections throughout the United States. This exhibition is made possible by the gift of works of Thomas Chimes by Dawn Chimes. This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Foundation. Adult, $25; Senior 65+, $20; Student 18+ with ID, $5; Child 6-17: $5; Child 5 and under, free; members free.

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;

Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art Presents “Drawn From Nature”

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, 1288 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota – 941-366-2454
Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art gallery presents “Drawn From Nature,” featuring evocative and atmospheric works by noted landscape artists Jean Blackburn, Deborah Brown, Heidi Edwards, Joyce Ely-Walker, Michele Harvey, Nancy Hellebrand, Susan Klein, Andrew Kuziak and William Nichols, August 1-October 25. The gallery is at 1288 N. Palm Ave., in Sarasota. Gallery hours are Tues. – Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information about this exhibit, call 941-366-2454 or visit www.allyngallup.com.

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

Low Fidelity: Still Photographs by Bobby Grossman, Selby Gallery, Ringling College of Art & Design

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. – Selby Gallery, 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-359-7563 – Selby Gallery I: Low Fidelity: Still Photographs by Bobby Grossman, 1975-1983.Selby Gallery II: Underground Forces: Target Video, 1977-1984The punk music scene through the eyes of photographer Bobby Grossman and videographer Jill Hoffman-Kowal. Exhibit runs Aug. 13-Sept. 20. Closed on all major holidays.

 

Journey into the Wild Frontier Exhibit – Venice Museum & Archives

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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