A look at our favorite events taking place this week.
Great Art on Screen: ‘Gauguin in Tahiti: Paradise Lost’
1 p.m. at Historic Asolo Theater, The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road
$15; members $13.50
This film follows the life of French post-Impressionist Paul Gauguin, who traveled to Tahiti for a deep immersion into nature in search of feelings, visions and colors purer and brighter than Europe.
Understanding Opera: Ensembles in Opera
5 p.m. at Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.
Opera fans all have a favorite aria, but sometimes the expanded impact of singers joining voices creates the most exciting opera moments. Sarasota Opera Executive Director Richard Russell discusses the evolution of opera ensembles and their function in furthering the drama. Program will continue Oct. 31 and Nov. 7.
‘Return to Africa’ Photography Show
5:30 p.m. at Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, 7051 Wireless Court
Photographer Sally Ullman of Sally Ullman Photography presents “Return to Africa Photography Show with Highlights of the American Southwest.” This is a one-night presentation of photos from her safari to Africa and her trips to Utah and the Grand Canyon. A reception with complimentary beer, wine and appetizers starts at 5:30 p.m., and the presentation starts at 6:15 p.m. Donations benefit Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue, and photography sales benefit the African Wildlife Foundation.
Kick The Bucket List: Novotny + Carfi
When: 7 p.m. Thursday
Where: McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.
Info: Call 925-3869.
It might sometimes seem like the comedy industry is geared toward those young whippersnappers, but McCurdy’s is here to assure you otherwise. “The World According to AARP” brings a sense of humor to aging. Scott Novotny has been doing stand-up since the 1970s, and his clean — but never boring — humor has been compared to Robin Williams. John Carfi has performed in comedy clubs, theaters and casinos throughout the U.S. with his own unique style that grabs audiences’ attention. Runs through Sunday.
7:30 p.m. at The Players Centre for Performing Art, 838 N. Tamiami Trail
$29; premium $34; student $14
In 1894, a French dramatist wrote a play about two fathers who fake a feud to trick their kids into falling in love. In 1960, a composer and a lyricist retooled it as this hit Broadway musical. Boasting weepers “Try to Remember” and “Soon it’s Going to Rain,” this heartstring-plucking perennial soaked untold handkerchiefs in the years that followed. And it still does. This reverse “Romeo and Juliet” is sure to be fantastic. Runs through Nov. 10.
Jazz at Two: Billy Marcus Trio
2 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Road
Jazz Club of Sarasota presents South Florida favorite Billy Marcus Trio for the next installment of its weekly afternoon concert series. Guests will be treated to jazz standards, music from the movies and favorites from the American Songbook. Marcus will be accompanied by Mark Neuenschwander, bass, and Dave Morgan, vocals, drums and vibes.
7:30 p.m. at FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
The Sarasota Ballet celebrates the 10-year anniversary of its resident choreographer, Ricardo Graziano, with a season opening of a retrospective of his work. The evening will feature his first choreographed ballet, “Shostakovich Suite,” as well as “En las Calles de Murcia” and “State of Weightlessness.” Runs through Sunday.
7:30 p.m. at MainStage, Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice
Mamma mia, here we go again! Enjoy this world-renowned musical featuring the timeless hits of ABBA, and follow the love story of Sophie as she uncovers family secrets on the eve of her wedding. Runs through Dec. 1.
‘The Secret Garden’
7:30 p.m. at SCF Neel Performing Arts Center,5840 26th St. W., Bradenton
The State College of Florida Musical Theater Ensemble presents the Broadway hit of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 novel. A 10-year-old orphan is sent to live relatives she has never met in England. She meets a young gardner, and together they bring back to life a neglected garden.
Shelly Berg Trio
7:30 p.m. at Holley Hall, Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 Van Wezel Way
The Jazz Club of Sarasota opens its 40th anniversary concert series with Grammy nominee and pianist Shelly Berg. Berg will be accompanied by bassist Mark Neuenschwander and percussionist Ian Goodman.
'A Night to Dismember!'
7 p.m. at Oddity Tattoo and Arts, 6307 Center Ringling Road
Oddity Tattoo celebrates the grand opening of its second location at University Town Center with an evening you won't forget. The Halloween party and art show will include work from more than 30 local artists and a costume contest with prizes valued at more than $500. Mouthole BBQ, Big Top Brewery and Out & About Coffee will have food and drinks.
‘Ghost Stories: Things That Go Bump and Grind in the Night’
8 p.m. at Grove Ballroom, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch
$30; VIP $40
Black Diamond Burlesque will enchant audiences with its annual Halloween show — a night that’s as sultry as it is spooky. The Diamonds will perform with tricks and treats all night. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and seating is first come, first served.
10 a.m. at Selby Gardens, 900 S. Pam Ave.
Free with general admission
Grab the family, and come to Selby Gardens for all your Halloween fun. Activities include trick-or-treating, pumpkin decorating and education activities. Costumes are encouraged, and grilled foods will be provided.
Collecting Recollections: ‘Mrs. Odessa Butler’
10:30 a.m. at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road
$5; free for members
When Odessa Butler was a teenager, she joined a caravan of black Sarasota residents who waded into the water on Lido Key to protest regulations that kept the public beach segregated through the 1960s. Butler, who was part of the first in a series of treks from Newtown to Lido Beach that began in 1955, will share her story of the challenges those who organized and participated in the caravans faced.
Dance — The Next Generation: ‘On Pointe’
6 p.m. at FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
Free; RSVP required
The Sarasota Ballet’s Dance — The Next Generation nurtures students who are most at risk of dropping out of school by emphasizing discipling, self-esteem and a desire for higher education. This event fundraises the program, which gives 10-year, full scholarships to nearly 200 students a year.
2 and 7:30 p.m. at FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
Once upon a time in ancient Thebes, Antigone’s brother died, disgraced as a traitor. Antigone’s uncle, King Creon, commanded his subjects to leave his corpse to rot without the sacred rites of burial. Antigone defied him, buried her brother and paid the price. What does it mean to do the right thing? Are law and morality two different things? Sophocles’ tragedy explores these questions and doesn’t flinch from the brutal, bloody answers. Runs through Nov. 17.