A look at our favorite events taking place this week.
Thursday, Nov. 2
8 p.m. at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road
$15, free for students with ID
The November edition of this monthly art event that combines live music and experiential art features performances by Brooklyn-based electro pop artist ESS SEE, St. Petersburg’s multi-instrumentalist Mountain Holler and Sarasota’s own Astralis and its funky bass lines.
Inside Asolo Rep: ‘Evita’
11 a.m. at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts Cook Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
$5; free for donors and members
Get a “behind the curtain” look at Asolo Repertory Theatre’s production of “Evita” in this special series featuring Director and Choreographer Josh Rhodes and Music Director Sinai Tabak. The discussion will be moderated by Asolo Rep Dramaturg and Literary Manager Paul Adolphsen.
Chamber Concert 4:‘String Spectrum’
5:30 p.m. at Holley Hall, 709 N. Tamiami Trail
Tickets from $35
Sarasota Orchestra presents this two-part concert beginning with solo piece “Failing,” the subtitle of which is “A Very Difficult Piece for String Bass.” The concert ends with Schubert’s “String Quartet No. 15,” a challenging work for string quartet.
‘Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage’
8 p.m. at the Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave W., Venice
$27; $17 for college students and $15 for children
This tale of a spunky rodeo competitor facing foreclosure on her Wyoming ranch and rehabilitation center for injured cowboys mixes horror and humor when she gets some unusual visitors. Runs through Nov. 19.
Friday, Nov. 3
11 a.m. on Lakewood Main Street
Local artists and businesses partner for this luncheon to fight hunger and benefit The Food Bank of Manatee. Enjoy an assortment of soups, breads and dessert and take home a hand-painted ceramic bowl.
Cine World Film Festival
11:30 a.m. at Burns Court Cinema, 506 Burns Court
$13.50 per film, $10.50 for members
The Sarasota Film Society presents this 28th annual film festival, which showcases the best new independent and foreign films hand-picked from famous international film festivals in cities like Toronto and Cannes.
Artists’ Reception: Fine Arts Annual Curated Exhibition
6 p.m. at Crossley Gallery, 2698 Bradenton Road
The Fine Arts Department at Ringling College of Art & Design presents this annual exhibit of work done by students in the fine arts and visual studies departments. Exhibit runs through Nov. 16.
Don't Miss: Grand Opening Celebration — ART Inside
Local artists Karin Billings, Joanna Coke, Susan Hurwitch, Dirce Kennedy, Judy Kramer and Dalia Shyevitch are celebrating the opening of their gallery in downtown Sarasota, and they want residents to join in the festivities. Enjoy drinks, music by Elinor Sevy and view the artists’ latest works — and if you’re inspired, participate in the gallery’s community art project.
If You Go:
When: 6 p.m. Friday
Where: ART Inside, 32 S. Palm Ave.
Info: Call 365-7007
‘La Traviata’ by Giuseppe Verdi
7:30 p.m. at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.
$19 to $139
In this acclaimed opera, famed Parisian courtesan Violetta and her beau, Alfredo, leave the city for a house in the country. However, trouble from her past catches up with the pair and threatens their relationship.
Saturday, Nov. 4
9:30 a.m. at Five Points Park, 1331 First St.
The main event of the 16-day InspireSarasota! Festival in downtown Sarasota will feature performances by youth and cultural groups, arts organization booths, a children’s book giveaway, food and activities for all ages and interests.
Nik’s Pick: Beer, Boats & Bacon
Baconistas will delight in this festival of bacon-centric dishes from local restaurants and caterers. Guests can sip one of the 60-some local craft brews available.
If You Go
When: 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle
Info: Call 812-7400.
Soprano Martha Lopez in Recital
7:30 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road
Listen to the sounds of soprano Martha Lopez, pianist Lurray Myers and guitarist Joseph Shields at this concert, featuring works by Vincenzo Bellini, Johannes Brahms and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Part of the proceeds go to the American Red Cross.
Doo Wop Spectacular 2.0
7:30 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail
$50 to $77.50
Take a walk down memory lane and watch the best musicians of ’60s rock ‘n’ roll take to the stage. Enjoy hits like Freddy Cannon’s “Palisades Park,” Shirley Alston Reeves’s “Soldier Boy,” Cleveland Still & The Dubs’ “Could This Be Magic” and The Coasters’ “Charlie Brown.”
Sunday, Nov. 5
Sunday Funday Jazz Brunch
11 a.m. at Louies Modern, 1289 N. Palm Ave.
Sip mimosas and listen to smooth jazz during this relaxing brunch. After food service ends, the Sunday Funday festivities continue with a ‘20s-style tea dance at Louies’ new afternoon social.
Patricia Stenberg Memorial Concert
3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave.
$15, Children free
Every year, Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity hosts a memorial concert in honor of the late Sarasota Orchestra principal oboe player Patricia Stenberg. This philanthropic concert features solos, duets and a trio performing music from Cosi Fan Tutti, Le Nozze di Figaro, Rossini, and “Beauty and the Beast.”
Coffee & Quartet — PMP Alumni Around Town
6 p.m. at The Harvest, 3650 17th St.
Free, but ticket required to enter (reserve on Facebook or via email)
Email [email protected]
The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast Inc., in partnership with Harvest Sarasota, presents this concert with the Omer Quartet. Comprising violinists Mason Yu and Erica Tursi, violist Jinsun Hong and cellist Alex Cox, this group of talented young musicians has performed throughout North America and Europe and won several competitions.
Monday, Nov. 6
Key Chorale Annual Luncheon Featuring Dale Warland
11:30 a.m. at the Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Blvd.
$100 to $250
Key Chorale’s annual luncheon will be extra memorable this year. The organization will award the 2017 Perfect Pitch Award to Richard Storm, its retired executive director, will feature Grammy-nominated composer and conductor Dale Warland and will launch a new student scholars program.
Tuesday, Nov. 7
Sparkling Wine Class
6:30 p.m. at Michael’s Wine Cellar, 1283 S. Tamiami Trail
Sign up for this educational wine experience to learn about (and taste, most importantly) sparkling wine from around the world.