A look at our favorite events taking place this week.
Thursday, Nov. 9
7 p.m. at Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court
$10 advance; $12 day of show
Call (520) 622-6313.
Hailing from Ann Arbor, Mich., this genre-bending string group utilizes stylistic elements of the band members’ various backgrounds, which are in genres such as bluegrass, Indian classical, Dixieland, Irish fiddle and more.
Friday, Nov. 10
8 a.m at Venice Airport Festival Grounds, 900 Airport Ave. E., Venice
This local favorite is celebrating its 10th year as hundreds of artists convene in Venice to showcase their best 3-D illusions made with chalk. The weekend also features live entertainment at the adjoining Pavement Music Festival. Hot air balloon rides are available to guests on a first-come, first-served basis.
Nik’s Pick: Siesta Key Crystal Classic
Now in its eighth year, this creative weekend features 24 sand sculptors from around the world who compete for the most impressive sand creation in the Master Sand Sculpting Competition. The event also features live music, a science and craft activity for kids and an amateur sculpting competition for kids on Saturday.
If You Go
When: 10 a.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Monday
Where: Siesta Key Beach, 948 Beach Road
Tickets: $10, $5 for children, $8 for military and $8 for seniors
Info: Call 349-3800.
Jazz at 2
2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road
$15; $10 for members
Jazz Club of Sarasota spices up every Friday afternoon with a concert by either a local favorite or up-and-coming music star. A dollar of every admission goes to the Jazz Club Scholarship Fund.
7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.
Some people know him as the fifth-season winner of “Celebrity Apprentice,” some know him from his guest host spots on shows such as “The View,” but most know Arsenio Hall from his Emmy Award winning late-night talk show, “The Arsenio Hall Show.” Now, Sarasotans can watch his stand-up for a two-night series.
Awake Love Orchestra
7:30 p.m. at Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road
$30, $10 student with ID
This concert marks the U.S. debut of Swedish group Awake Love Orchestra, which has been performing a mix of folk, choral and popular music internationally since 2009. This event is part of the The Ringling’s “New Stages” series and runs until Nov. 11.
‘Dvořák and Mahler’
8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail
Tickets from $33
Sarasota Orchestra chose to start the concert season with two masters: Dvořák and Mahler. Dvořák’s Cello Concerto explores several of the cello’s beautiful qualities, which will be evident when performed by Spanish cellist Adolfo Gutierrez Arenas. On hearing Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, it will first sound similar to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, but it soon progresses from tragedy to triumph in the fifth movement.
Saturday, Nov. 11
29th Annual St. Armands Circle Art Festival
10 a.m. at St. Armands Circle Shops, 431 St. Armands Circle
Call (561) 746-6615.
This annual festival hosts 200 artists, who come to show and sell work ranging from sculptures to jewelry. Guests not only get to shop, but they can meet the artists and learn what inspired their works.
Don't Miss: Suncoast Food & Wine Fest
Enjoy an afternoon tasting a variety of fine local food and wine, hosted by the Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch. To date, Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch has given more than $1.5 million from festival proceeds to charities in Sarasota and Manatee counties.
If You Go:
When: 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Sarasota Polo Grounds, 8201 Polo Club Lane
Info: Call 870-0002.
Lido Shores House Tours
1 p.m. at 1300 Westway Drive
Midcentury modern and contemporary architecture reigns supreme in Lido Shores, and if you want to learn why, take this guided tour of seven homes designed by Philip Hiss, William Rupp, Tim Seibert, Joe Kelly, Gwen Kelly, Jerry Sparkman, Guy Peterson and Ralph and William Zimmerman.
Sunday, Nov. 12
Paul Todd and Paul Todd Jr. in Concert
3 p.m. at Englewood United Methodist Church Sanctuary, 700 E. Dearborn St., Englewood,
Free, Freewill offering
Although typically known as Christian artists, Paul Todd and Paul Todd Jr. perform many genres of music including original, classical, popular, big band and Broadway. Their showmen style makes this EUMC Music Ministry Concert Series experience that much more fun, especially when Paul plays six keyboards simultaneously as his son accompanies.
Tribute to Duke Ellington
3 p.m. at St. Andrew Church of Christ, 6908 Beneva Road
Tickets: $10, proceeds to All-Faiths Food Bank.
Call 941-346- 2248
This afternoon with All-Star Jazz Musicians led by well-known trombonist, Greg Neilsen will feature Ellington favorites such as “Take the A Train" and “Mood Indigo.”
Tuesday, Nov. 14
8 p.m. at FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
$32 to $90
“Evita” tells the rags-to-riches story of Eva Perón, the woman who rose from poverty to become the first lady of Argentina. Runs through Dec. 30.
‘A Christmas Story, The Musical’
8 p.m. at the Venice Theatre, 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice
$31; $17 for college students and $15 for children
Ralphie wants only one thing for Christmas: An Official Red Ryder Range Model Carbine-Action BB Gun. His quest to get it will keep families laughing. Runs through Dec. 10.
Wednesday, Nov. 15
Celtic Thunder Symphony
7:30 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail
Tickets $51 to $91
Celtic Thunder Symphony returns to the Van Wezel for another uplifting night of music, complemented by a full symphony orchestra.