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Arts and Entertainment Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 2 years ago

This Week: Thursday, Oct. 12

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

Thursday, Oct. 12

Southgate Village Shops Sip & Stroll

5 p.m. at Candytime, 2067 Siesta Drive


Enjoy bites, drinks, live entertainment and (most importantly) shopping discounts at a series of Southgate Village Shops.


Drew Hastings

7 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.

$17 to $21

Call 925-3869.

Comedian Drew Hastings derives much of his stand-up material from the other two roles he plays in his everyday life: farmer and small-town mayor. Hastings will bring his more than 20 years of stand-up experience to Sarasota through Oct. 15.


‘Anna in the Tropics’

7:30 p.m. at the Kiwanis Studio Theater, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton

From $25

Call 748-5875.

Set in a Cuban Cigar Factory in late 1920s Florida, this play is about a new “lector” who is hired to educate and entertain factory workers but ends up being more influential than he anticipated. Runs through Oct. 29.


By Special Arrangement: Great Escapes 1

7:30 p.m. at Holley Hall, 709 N. Tamiami Trail

From $48 to $68

Call 953-3434.

Sarasota Orchestra will explore music arrangements meant for a full orchestra and these pieces’ ability to enhance sonic colors and impact. Runs through Oct. 14.


SCD + Piazzolla

7:30 p.m. at Jane B Cook Theatre FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail

$10 to $45

Call 345-5755.

Sarasota Contemporary Dance opens its season with a collaboration between five company members and violinist Tai Murray, bandoneon player Rodolfo Zanetti and renowned harpist Ann Hobson Pilot. Dancers will perform to the tango styles of Argentine composer Ástor Pantaleón Piazzolla. Runs through Oct. 15.


Friday, Oct. 13

The Orchid Show: Earth, Air, Fire and Water

10 a.m. at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave.

$20; $10 for children

Call 366-5731.

Thousands of orchids and other plants will be on display at this Selby exhibit, which will celebrate the diversity of the largest family of flowering plants. Runs through Nov. 26.


Don't Miss: Season Preview Opening Reception

530 Burns Gallery will present a season preview Friday at its opening reception. Peruse oil paintings, sculptures and jewelry pieces while getting to know three new artists: Arleen Joseph, Tommy May and Carter Wentworth.

If You Go

When: 6 p.m., Friday

Where: Burns Court Gallery, 530 Burns Lane

Tickets: Free

Info: Call 951-0620.


A Face with Red — Chef’sTasting, Paired Wines & Art

6:30 p.m. at Cafe BarBosso, 5501 Palmer Crossing Circle


Call 922-7999.

Support the Education Foundation of Sarasota County and enjoy a six-course meal by Chef Joe DiMaggio. While you dine and sip the wine pairings, artist Marco Bronzini from the Royal Academy of Art, London, will create a live painting to be auctioned off that evening.


‘All Roads Lead to Rome’

7:30 p.m. at the Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton

$15; $5 for students and SCF faculty

Call 752-5252.

The Bradenton Symphony Orchestra will perform “The Roman Carnival Overture” by Hector Berlioz, and guest artists and soprano soloists Stella Zambalis and Carol Sparrow will sing various other works.


Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll

8 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail

$46 to $68.50

Call 953-3368.

Neil Berg uses artists from Meatloaf, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and several hit Broadway musicals such as “Hair” and “Rent” to tell the history of music from 50 of its most defining years — from the rock ‘n’ roll of the 1940s through MTV in the early ’80s.


Saturday, Oct. 14

‘Remembering Red: A Tribute to Red Skelton’

2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Stone Hall, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton

From $32

Call 748-5875.

Take a trip down memory lane with Manatee Players and watch Brian Hoffman perform the jokes and comic routines that made Red Skelton famous.


Sunday, Oct. 15

Sarasota PRIDE Kickoff

Noon at The Reserve, 1322 N. Tamiami Trail


Call 702-5859.

Get Sarasota PRIDE week started the right way with an afternoon of drinks, light bites and music by Zen Seraphine (electric violin, drums and vocals), Brenda Watty (Motown-style) and Michael Miller (guitar and vocals).


Nik’s Pick: The Allison Event

Now in its second year, this tribute and fundraiser marks the release of the 2017 “Allison” beer in honor of the late Allison Francis Hall Nelson. This year’s brew is a raspberry wheat beer made with lemon peel, coriander and honey from Aloe Organics, the agricultural organization (and pending 501(c)3) she created  to grow organic produce for schools, hospitals, restaurants and grocery stores shortly before her death.

If You Go

When: Noon, Sunday

Where: Calusa Brewing, 5701 Derek Ave.

Tickets: Free

Info: Call 922-8150.

– Niki Kottmann


Tuesday, Oct. 17.

Social and Singers

9:45 a.m. at the Sarasota Opera Pavilion, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.


Call 480-9660.

Sarasota Opera Guild will host this educational event for opera fans to learn more about the organization while enjoying coffee, pastries and a performance by some members of the Sarasota Opera.


Willie Nelson and Friends

8 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail

$61 to $141

Call 953-3368.

From  “Georgia On My Mind” to “On the Road Again,” this iconic singer is famous for performing some of the most beloved country songs of all time.


Wednesday, Oct. 18

RIAF 2017 Opening Night

6:30 p.m. at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road


Call 360-7399.

Ringling International Arts Festival will kick off with a celebration in the West Courtyard. Enjoy music by DJ Imminent and an aerial spectacle called “WANTED” by eVenti Verticali.





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