A look at our favorite events taking place this week.
Thursday, Sept. 28
Gallery Walk and Talk: ‘Art of Our Time’
11 a.m. and 6 p.m. at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road
Free with $25 museum admission; ticket required
Get a different perspective on the artwork at John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art with this interactive tour of the contemporary galleries.
When the Castrati Ruled Opera
4 p.m. at the Sarasota Opera Pavilion, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.
Baila Miller, staff member at Ringling College of Art and Design, will detail the history of castrati — essentially the male equivalent of soprano singers — in the opera. Wine and light bites will be provided.
September $5 Wine Tour
6 p.m. at ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, 2720 Bee Ridge Road
Take your taste buds on a trip at this affordable wine tasting, which takes place the last Thursday of every month. September’s focus is Consultants Choice, which means assorted wines valued $18 or under.
Taste and Learn Chef Series
6:15 p.m. at Clasico Sarasota, 1341 Main St.
The Spice & Tea Exchange of Sarasota will host this four-course tasting with wine pairings. Grab a fellow foodie and experience the eclectic mix of dishes, from grouper croquettes to beef bourguignon.
Painting with a Purpose Hurricane Benefit
7 p.m. at Painting with a Twist, 5543 Palmer Crossing Circle
Flex your creative muscles and give back to victims of Hurricane Irma at this unique painting party. Bring your own food and beverages — plastic cups, plates, napkins and bottle openers are provided — and follow instructor Phil Jones as he guides you through your own painting.
‘Beehive: The ’60s Musical’
8 p.m. at Venice Theatre,
140 Tampa Ave., Venice
Adults $30; college students $17; children $15
Told from the perspective of six young women growing up in the ’60s, this musical takes a look at both the successes and the failures America faced during the decade of go-go boots, flower power and more. Runs through Oct. 22.
Friday, Oct. 29
8 p.m. at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton
$27 to $37
Set in the height of the 1920s, the Manatee Players’ production of “Mame” follows a wealthy New York woman who gets a “wonderful present” in the form of her orphaned nephew. Runs through Oct. 1.
Saturday, Sept. 30
Authentic Cuban Pig Roast
11 a.m. at Gulf Gate Moose Lodge #608, 6577 Superior Ave.
This all-day party and benefit hosted by the Gulf Gate Moose includes a DJ, karaoke and games topped off with an authentic pig roast dinner around 4 p.m.
Oktoberfest at Calusa Brewing
2 p.m. at Calusa Brewing,
5701 Derek Ave.
Get the true German drinking experience by tasting Calusa’s two special release brews, Marzen and Fireborn, and pairing your drink with an authentic Bavarian snack from The Schnitzel Trailer. Justin Layman will perform from 3-7 p.m. in the Tasting Room.
Sunset on the Bay: Welcoming the World
4 p.m. at Van Wezel Bayfront Lawn, 777 N. Tamiami Trail
Celebrate the final moments of the World Rowing Championships with live music, food trucks and a beautiful Sarasota sunset. Performers include Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and ’60s cover band Yesterdayze.
Ballroom Open Social
6 p.m. at Louies Modern/The Francis, 1289 N. Palm Ave.
$30 price-fixed menu
Break out the dancing shoes and brave the ballroom floor at this Sabor Sarasota event. Beginners can take a free class with Tiana Ramirez of Fred Astaire Sarasota from 6-6:30 p.m. before it’s time for more seasoned dancers to take their turn on the open floor.
Sunday, Oct. 1
Taste of UTC
10 a.m. at The Mall at University Town Center
$15 to $49
For the month of October, restaurants at The Mall at University Town Center will offer special fixed-price menus and a series of special events. A three-course lunch will cost $15, a lunch plate special $20, and three-course dinner deals range from $29 to $49.
‘You Can't Take it with You’
In the Sycamore family, members are encouraged to pursue even the most unconventional of ambitions. So when the only daughter with a “normal” job invites her fiancé’s snooty, staid family over for dinner, things don’t quite go as planned. Runs through Oct. 15.
IF YOU GO
When: 2 p.m., Sunday
Where: Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice
Tickets: Adults $25; college students $17; children $15
Info: Call 488-1115.
2 p.m. at The Island Players Theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria
In this sequel to “Boeing-Boeing,” birthday festivities get complicated for Bernard when he invites his mistress to his birthday party — along with his wife and best friend.
Church Concert Series: Wayne and Friends
5 p.m. at Pine Shores Presbyterian Church
Call 922-1597, Ext. 104.
Organist/accompanist Wayne Fisher kicks off the 2017-2018 Concert Series with Gary Reinstrom on French horn, Linda Bento-Rei on flute, Carlann Evans on violin, Cheeko Matsusaka on cello and Michelle Nicolette on oboe.
7 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.
Tickets $17 to $21
From Conan O’Brien to Comedy Central, Darryl Lenox has made his way around the stand-up comedy circuit. Now he’s bringing one final show to McCurdy’s during his time in Sarasota.
Tuesday, Oct. 3
Anheuser-Busch Craft Beer Dinner
6 p.m. at Square 1, 5239 University Parkway
Square 1’s newest dinner collaboration pairs beers from Budweiser, Goose Island, Elysian Brewing, Kona Brewing Co. and Stella Artois with everything from shishito peppers to apple duckling slider. Bonus: you’ll get to take some of the beer glasses home.
Intuitive Painting with Donna Papenhausen
6 p.m. at Expressive Arts Florida, 200 S Washington Blvd., Suite 1
$95 to $140
No prior art experience is needed in this eccentric painting experience. Explore your creativity through guided meditation, journaling and acrylic painting using Intentional Creativity and the 13-step painting method.
AYCE Macaroni and Cheese Bar
7 p.m. at JDub’s Brewing Co. & Tap Room, 1215 Mango Ave.
Beer plus macaroni and cheese equals every kid at heart’s dream. Toppings include — but are not limited to — bacon, jalapenos, Flammin’ Hot Cheetos and more cheese (because why not). Smokin Momma Lora’s BBQ Mobile will also be on-site for those who are less cheese-inclined.
Wednesday, Oct. 4
Set the Bar
Celebrate National Vodka Day in style with the Sarasota-Manatee Originals’ first-ever cocktail competition. There will be 10 handcrafted drinks available to taste, all of which will compete for the People’s Choice Award.
IF YOU GO
When: 5:30 p.m., Wednesday
Where: Aloft Sarasota, 1401 Ringling Blvd.
Info: Call 365-2800.
The Midnight Swinger
7 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy
Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.
$17 to $21
David Scott isn’t just a comedian. He’s “Mr. Showtime.” Scott holds the Guinness World Record for longest stand-up comedy show by an individual (40 hours and 8 minutes). Runs through Oct. 8.
‘Mack The Knife: The Bobby Darin Songbook’
7:30 p.m. at the Florida Studio Theatre John C. Court Cabaret, 1241 N. Palm Ave.
Reminisce about the Bronx boy who made it big as a singer, songwriter, actor and producer, Bobby Darin, in this FST original production. Enjoy hits such as “Splish Splash,” “Beyond the Sea,” “Dream Lover,” and appropriately, “Mack the Knife.” Runs through Feb. 4.