A look at our favorite events taking place this week.
THURSDAY, OCT. 5
Gallery Walk and Talk: ‘Depicting Décolletage: The Pink Ribbon Tour’
10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road
Free with $25 admission
Celebrate women this Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a tour of the museum that focuses on issues and ideas surrounding women in art. Pink attire is encouraged.
The Midnight Swinger
7 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.
$17 to $21
Comedian David Scott, aka “Mr. Showtime,” holds the Guinness World Record for longest stand-up comedy show by an individual at 40 hours and 8 minutes. Now he’s bringing his talents to Sarasota for a show that runs through Oct. 8.
Fall Festival of Music
7:30 p.m. at the Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton
$8; $4 for students and faculty
Support the State College of Florida music program at its annual festival, which will feature performances by SCF’s Music Ensembles: Guitar Ensemble, Concert and Chamber Choirs, Symphonic Band and Jazz Band.
8 p.m. at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road
$15; free for members and students with ID
See The Ringling in a different light at this monthly music and art event featuring live shows by several local bands. This month’s
lineup includes First World, Physical Plant and Brother, Brother.
FRIDAY, OCT. 6
Jack West Exhibit Opening Reception
5:30 p.m. at Friends of the Sarasota County History Center, 701 N. Tamiami Trail
Celebrate the opening of exhibit “Jack West Architect - 60 Years of Sarasota Design” with this Sarasota Architectural Foundation event. The exhibit runs through December.
Music on Main: Kim Betts and the Gamble Creek Band
6 p.m. on Lakewood Ranch Main Street, 8100 Lakewood Main St.
Jam out to county and Southern rock tunes performed by Kim Betts & The Gamble Creek Band. A DJ will keep you rocking out all night long with today’s hits. This event benefits the Lakewood Ranch YMCA.
First Friday Artwalk Weekend
6 p.m. at Village of the Arts, 1017 12th Ave W, Bradenton
Take a stroll through the Village of the Arts for this monthly artwalk and stumble upon live music, artist receptions and other special activities at area galleries, studios and specialty shops. Artwalk begins with extended hours at 6 p.m. Friday and continues at 8 a.m. Saturday.
Early Bird Special Improv Troupe
7 p.m. at the Starlite Room, 1001 Cocoanut Ave.
Cover charge TBD
“The Birds,” as the troupe’s nine members call themselves, will take to the stage for a night of fast, unscripted games. Come prepared with a scenario — you never know who they’re going to call on.
The Fabulous Independent Film Festival Opening Night
The opening night for FIFF, a production of Harvey Milk Festival, will feature the documentary “Dream Boat” by director and screenwriter Tristan Milewski. This film follows five men from five different countries on the Dream Boat, a cruise for gay men that sets sail once a year. Contains nudity — for mature audiences only. A free opening night party featuring music by Fierce Plastic will follow at 10 p.m. at Made Restaurant, 1990 Main St. #112.
IF YOU GO
When: 7:45 p.m., Friday
Where: Burns Court Cinema, 506 Burns Lane
Info: Call 955-3456.
Louies Live: First Friday Dance Party
8 p.m. at Louis Modern, 1289 N. Palm Ave.
The new Louies Live First Friday event series kicks off with an ’80s-themed dance party with complimentary Moscow Mules.
SATURDAY, OCT. 7
3rd Annual Oktoberfest
11 a.m. at Mandeville Beer Garden, 428 N. Lemon Ave.
Free; Call 954-8688.
Throw on your best dirndl or lederhosen to get a free pretzel at this all-day beer festival. Choose from 11 German beers on tap, all available in 16-ounce pours and liter steins.
October Open House Wine Tasting
2 p.m. at Michael’s Wine Cellar, 1283 S. Tamiami Trail
Sip dozens of wines from around the world at this monthly open house tasting. Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club members earn points on all retail purchases during the event.
Fifth Annual Sarasota Choral Festival
4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave.
Come experience the culminating performance of Key Chorale’s intensive festival, which features more than 150 singers of all skill levels.
Piano Grand II
Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota opens its 22nd season with a reprise of “Piano Grand” with pianists Don Bryn, Joseph Holt, Andrew Lapp, Thomas Purviance and Jonathan Spivey. This program is new and features a wide range of ageless favorites and lighter classics.
IF YOU GO
When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday
Where: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.
Tickets: $20 to $55
Info: Call 306-1202.
FST Improv: ‘Out of Bounds’
7:30 p.m. at Florida Studio Theatre Bowne’s Lab Theatre
This fast-paced show features five skilled comedians in a series of games and scenes. Runs through Dec. 23.
Fabulous IFF Outdoor Screening
8:15 p.m. at Payne Park, 2050 Adams Lane
Grab a blanket and check out The Fabulous Independent Film Festival’s outdoor screening of “A Date for Mad Mary” by first-time director Darren Thornton. This film follows Mary McArdle as she returns to her suburban Dublin home after six months in jail. Her best friend is getting married and refuses Maid of Honor Mary a plus one, saying she won’t find a date. Mary sets out to prove her wrong.
SUNDAY, OCT. 8
18th annual Morton’s Firehouse Chili Cook-Off
2 p.m. at Morton’s Gourmet Market, 1924 S. Osprey Ave.
Free admission, $10 to sample all chili
Fifteen Sarasota-area firehouses compete for the Best Fire House Chili in Sarasota. Celebrity judges will make the call while guests enjoy entertainment, beer and chili, all while supporting the Sarasota Firefighters Benevolent Fund.
Big Stage Ballroom
7 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Watch student and professional ballroom dancers from Fred Astaire Dance Studio take the stage to showcase everything from ballroom to hip-hop dancing. Special guests include Fabian Sanchez and Lacey Schwimmer of “Dancing with the Stars.”
TUESDAY, OCT. 10
Film Screening: "Matewan"
7 p.m. at Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court
Free, suggested donation $5
Join local members of the Industrial Workers of the World in watching Academy Award-nominated film “Matewan.” The film is based on the story of the 1920 Matewan Massacre, during which Mingo County, West Virginia’s Stone Mountain Coal Company mine owners hired the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency to stop an ongoing strike.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 11
‘By Special Arrangement’: Great Escapes I Sarasota Orchestra
5:30 p.m. at Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
This concert explores music arrangements meant for a full orchestra and how they can enhance sonic colors and impact.
‘In the Heights’
8 p.m. at Westcoast Black Theatre, 1646 10th Way
$42; $20 for students and active military
From the mind of “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda comes this lively musical about a Latino community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood. The Tony Award-winning production fuses hip-hop beats with Latin rhythms for a unique, foot-tapping sound. Runs through Nov. 19.