A look at our favorite events taking place this week.
Thursday, Oct. 19
Ringling International Arts Festival: Nobuntu
2 and 8 p.m. at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road
$35; $10 with student ID
In one of the many performances at RIAF 2017, this a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe will perform a mix of folk songs, Afro jazz, and gospel. RIAF runs through Oct. 21.
Cycle 1 : Opening Reception
5 p.m. at Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail
Art Center Sarasota is debuting four new exhibits: Last Stop Before Utopia: The Liminal and Ephemeral Landscape, Intimate Observation, Slow Turbulence and First Impressions, featuring everything from landscape pieces to figure drawings.
‘The Poem of My Life’
5 p.m. at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. offices, 100 University Town Center Drive
Sarasota Opera Guild presents award-winning actor and writer Alan Brasington as he performs his one-man show. Brasington tells the story of his journey into the arts, beginning as a child in Monticello, N.Y., and leading to his acting career on Broadway and television.
7 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.
$17 to $21
As seen on Comedy Central and NBC’s Last Comic Standing, comedian and creator-producer of the Boston Comedy Festival and Competition Jim McCue will bring his stand-up set to Sarasota until Oct. 22.
Friday, Oct. 20
Jazz at 2
2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road
$15; $10 for members
Jazz Club of Sarasota kicks off its Jazz at 2 series with a jam session featuring Al Hixon’s Monday Jazz Jam trio regulars John Lamb and Billy Marcus and several other local musicians.
Main Street Block Party: Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones
5 p.m. on Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Join Main Street at Lakewood Ranch, the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance, Lakewood Ranch Community Activities and Lakewood Ranch to kick off their Tour of Homes with a block party. Sip beer, grab a snack and enjoy music by Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones.
Twisted Trainwreck Brown Ale Release
5 p.m. at Big Top Brewing Co., 6111 Porter Way
Try the third craft brew that charity The Nite Train Express Inc. has made with Big Top. This release doubles as a Halloween costume party, which will feature Goodfellow’s Pizza truck and a Jack-O-Lantern contest (but bring them already carved).
8 p.m. at the Glenridge Performing Arts Center, 7333 Scotland Way
Asolo Rep and the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training presents this touring production in which young actors put a fresh, fast-paced spin on the Shakespeare classic.
Saturday, Oct. 21
Don't Miss: Sun Fiesta 2017
Celebrate the city of Venice’s 90 birthday with this festival, hosted by Women’s Sertoma Club of Venice. This has been the club’s most vital scholarship fundraiser since 1994, but the event dates back to 1973 when it began as a last hurrah before the snowbirds returned in November. The hilarious bed races are not to be missed.
If You Go:
When: 9 a.m. Saturday. Festival runs Friday through Sunday.
Where: Racers start on West Venice Avenue and race toward Nokomis Avenue.
Tickets: Free, as is the whole festival.
Info: Call 468-5146.
Big Mama’s Collard Greens Fest
Noon at Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th St.
Newtown Nation and Transition Sarasota present this celebration of community and culture — and, of course, collard greens. Enjoy music by Natural Vibes and collard greens from “Big Mama” and chefs from all around the greater Tampa Bay area. No outside food or beverage permitted.
Sarasota Pride Fest 2017
Noon at JD Hamel Park, corner of Main Street and South Gulfstream Avenue
Support the Sarasota LGBTQ community and see performances by The Cheaters, Blue Star Sound, Trans Sister Radio and Divine AF, along with a drag performance.
‘Bewitched’ Halloween Show
7:30 p.m. at Cock and Bull Pub, 975 Cattlemen Road
Black Diamond Burlesque enchants audiences with everyone’s favorite Diamonds performing alongside some special guests, such as fire breathers from Inferno Inc.
Sunday, Oct. 22
Chamber Soirée 3: ‘Treasures’
4 p.m. at Holley Hall, 709 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota Orchestra presents an alluring and dignified chamber concert featuring the music of Dvořák and Fauré.
4 p.m. at Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave.
From colonial tunes and Appalachian shape note songs to Shaker melodies and Bluegrass jams, Key Chorale presents a dynamic concert that celebrates some of America’s oldest music genres.
Tuesday, Oct. 24
SKOB’s 3rd Annual Pumpkin Carving Party
7 p.m. at Siesta Key Oyster Bar, 5238 Ocean Blvd.
Enjoy pumpkin carving, sweet treats and free drinks at this spooktacular Halloween event. Pumpkins and carving tools are provided with registration.
Wednesday, Oct. 25
Fall Music Film Series: ‘Maria Callas: Magic and Myth’ with Joy McIntyre
2 p.m. at the Selby Public Library, 1331 First St.
Sarasota Music Archive presents this film about soprano Maria Callas, who had an iconic career before her death at the age of 53. This event explores the mysterious and mystifying story of this opera star.