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This Week in Sarasota: Thursday, Nov. 2

A look at our favorite events taking place this week.
by: Niki Kottmann Managing Editor of Arts and Entertainment

Thursday, Nov. 2

Ringling Underground

8 p.m. at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

$15, free for students with ID

Call 358-3180.

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

Call 351-8000.

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

Call 953-3434.

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

Call 488-1115.

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

Empty Bowls

11 a.m. on Lakewood Main Street


Call 747-4655.

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

Call 955-3456.

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


Call 351-5100.

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.

Tickets: Free

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

Call 328-1300.

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

InspireSarasota! Festival

9:30 a.m. at Five Points Park, 1331 First St.


Call 365-5118.

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

Tickets: $15-$45

Info: Call 812-7400.


Soprano Martha Lopez in Recital

7:30 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road


Call 404-8375.

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

Call 953-3368.

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.


Call 552.9688.

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

Call 921-4845.

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


Call 955-2675

Sign up for this educational wine experience to learn about (and taste, most importantly) sparkling wine from around the world.

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