A look at our favorite events taking place this week.
Thursday, Nov. 30
Connoisseurship Series: Restoring a Masterpiece
5:30 p.m. at Sarasota Museum of Art, 891 S. Tamiami Trail
Architect Greg Hall and Umbrella House owner Robert Essner will lead lecture guests through the intricate process of restoring the local masterpiece of modern architecture designed by Paul Rudolph.
Deck the Halls at Ca’ d’Zan
5 p.m. at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road
Free with museum admission ($25) or Art After 5 admission ($15)
The Ca’ d’Zan is decked out for the holidays, and as a special addition to The Ringling’s weekly Art After 5 event, John and Mable Ringling’s breathtaking winter residence will offer extended hours for a unique self-guided tour of the first floor.
Nik's Pick: ‘Voices of Sarasota Contemporary Dance’
This annual show is back to show even more of the physicality and thought that goes into choreographing a contemporary dance number. The works presented are all original, adventurous and choreographed by members of Sarasota Contemporary Dance and emerging choreographers from around the U.S.
If You Go
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday Runs through Dec. 3.
Where: FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
Tickets: $10 to $45
Info: Call 345-5755.
— Niki Kottmann
7:30 p.m. at Stone Hall — Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton
Manatee Players presents this classic family-friendly production centering on one of America’s favorite comic strip heroines. Runs through Dec. 17.
‘The Santaland Diaries’
8 p.m. at the Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice
$30; College students $17; High school students $15
This one-man comedy is not your average holiday show. In fact, it’s so snarky and mature that it’s not recommended for children, but adults are sure to get plenty of laughs from humorist David Sedaris’ play about an unemployed writer who applies to be a Macy’s elf during the busy holiday season. Runs through Dec. 23.
Friday, Dec. 1
Heart Gallery Reception
6 p.m. at Palm Avenue Fine Art, 10 S. Palm Ave.
Call (954) 850-6606.
This traveling museum-quality display showcases photographs and paintings of children in foster care to help them find an adoptive family. Enjoy this heartwarming display with a drink and light bite at this casual reception during the December Art Walk on Palm Avenue.
Holiday Night on St. Armands
6 p.m. at St. Armands Circle
St. Armands Circle Association and Crab & Fin Restaurant kick off the holiday season with this annual season celebration. Enjoy a Christmas carol sing-a-long, Santa’s arrival by sleigh and the tree lighting ceremony. Photos with Santa are available from 6:30-8 p.m.
Music on Main: Kettle of Fish
6 p.m. on Lakewood Main Street
Head to Lakewood Ranch Main Street for this monthly musical block party. Sip beer, grab a snack and enjoy the blues, funk, soul and R&B sounds of Kettle of Fish. The event will benefit the Wobbly Feet Foundation.
Don't Miss: Celebrating Islamic Cultures Opening Reception
Celebrate Islamic culture and the diversity of Islamic artistic expressions at this opening night reception, which will include traditional food and music along with Senegalese drumming, Moroccan musicians, spoken word artists, a performance art piece and a fashion show.
If You Go:
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court
Info: Call 545-5635
‘A Calyp-Soul Christmas’
7:30 p.m. at The Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 N. Tamiami Trail
Get in the holiday spirit tropical style with this concert of Christmas songs with a Caribbean flair. Enjoy the sounds of John Patti and his band, featuring Nashville singer-songwriter Jenn Bostic.
Saturday, Dec. 2
Second Annual Siesta Beach Seafood and Music Festival
10 a.m. at Siesta Beach, 948 Beach Road
Enjoy local seafood prepared fresh on-site using local and sustainable resources from coastal waters by local restaurants and other establishments. This year’s performers include Ari and the Alibis, Sarasota Steel Pan Band, RJ Howson and Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio. Runs through 6 p.m. Sunday.
Roller Jam Adult Skate Party
7:30 p.m. at Stardust Skating and Event Center, 2571 12th St.
Grab your bell bottoms and prepare the fro because it’s time to jam out to the best hits of the ’70s and ’80s — on roller skates, that is. DJ Eric B. will play everything from classic disco and house to “old skool” hip-hop and Top 40. Ages 18 and up.
We Three Kings: An Irish Tenors Christmas
8 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail
$36 to $71
This enchanting trio combines lovely Irish repertoire with wide-ranging holiday classics to create a show that the whole family will enjoy.
Tuesday, Dec. 5
Embracing Our Differences Annual Luncheon
Noon at Michael’s On East, 1212 S. East Ave.
Carol Buchanan and Dennis and Graci McGillicuddy invite philanthropists and art-lovers alike to celebrate the work of Embracing Our Differences, the nonprofit that aims to promote equality and acceptance through an annual outdoor art display. Keynote speaker is Rachel Shelley, Booker High School’s principal and Florida’s 2017 Principal of the Year.
AYCE Macaroni and Cheese Bar
7 p.m. at JDub’s Brewing Co. & Tap Room, 1215 Mango Ave.
Beer plus macaroni and cheese equals every kid at heart’s dream. Toppings may include — but are not limited to — bacon, jalapenos, Flammin’ Hot Cheetos and more cheese (because why not).
Wednesday, Dec. 6
7 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.
$17 to $21
Louisville native and racehorse owner Mark Klein has made national comic appearances on CBS, Showtime, Sirius XM and the “Bob and Tom Show.” His act is known as a fast-paced examination of the things he knows best: bourbon, horse racing, family and freedom.