A look at our favorite events taking place this week.
Thursday, Oct. 26
The Arts Mean Business Luncheon
11:30 a.m. at Michael’s On East, 1212 S East Ave.
The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County and the Economic Development Corp. of Sarasota County will report the outcome of the Arts & Economic Prosperity V Study at this community event. This luncheon is part of InspireSarasota!, a 12-day celebration of arts and culture.
‘A Little Night Music’
7:30 p.m. at Stone Hall — Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton
Manatee Players presents this romantic 19th century waltz by Stephen Sondheim. Runs through Nov. 12.
Friday, Oct. 27
SarasotaMOD 2017 Kickoff Party
BOTA Center, 1570 Boulevard of the Arts
Get a preview of the 2017 Sarasota MOD Midcentury Modern Architecture Festival and enjoy light bites and drinks at this event, which is held in the recently renovated BOTA Center. After exploring the venue and learning about the renovation, check out the auction, featuring 10 chairs decorated by 10 Sarasota artists.
‘Once on This Island’
8 p.m. at the Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton
$12; $6 for students and SCF faculty
The State College of Florida Music Program Music Theatre Ensemble presents this story about star-crossed lovers Ti Moune, a peasant, and the wealthy Daniel. Runs through Oct. 28.
‘The Rocky Horror Show’
8 p.m. and midnight at the Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice
Audience participation is highly encouraged at this timeless show about newlyweds Brad and Janet’s adventures in a mysterious castle they come upon on a dark, stormy night. Runs through Oct. 31.
Saturday, Oct. 28
23rd Annual Downtown Sarasota Fall Arts and Crafts Festival
10 a.m. at Selby Five Points Park, 1331 First St.
Call (561) 746-6615.
Browse the wide selection of jewelry, pottery, ceramics, photography, painting, clothing and more at this annual craft festival, which also boasts a green market for items like plants, handmade soaps and gourmet spices. Runs through Oct. 29.
Nik's Pick: Giving Hunger the Blues
Enjoy a day of local bites and live entertainment from local, regional, and national musical talents on two stages. Proceeds go to the Mayor’s Feed the Hungry Program to prevent food insecurity and help nurture our community.
If You Go
When: 11:30 a.m. Saturday
Where: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail
Tickets: $20 to $135
Info: Contact [email protected]
Literature in Music with the Calidore String Quartet
7:30 p.m. at the Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road
$25 to $45
Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota hosts this performance, during which the acclaimed Calidore String Quartet celebrates the influence that music has on literature.
Don't Miss: Hunsader Pumpkin Festival
Admission to one of the most popular fall activity hubs in the area includes hayrides, a petting zoo, live music and more. For an additional price, autumn enthusiasts can enjoy food from local vendors and other activities such as a corn maze, charity pumpkin games and a zip line.
If You Go
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: Hunsader Farm, 5500 County Road 675, Bradenton
Tickets: $10, and $5 parking
Info: Call 322-2168.
Sunday, Oct. 29
Garden Music Series
1 p.m. at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave.
$20; $10 for children; free for members and guests 3 and younger
Virtuoso Cuban tres guitar player Renesito Avich will perform for guests amidst the picturesque backdrop of the gardens at this second music series concert of the season.
Zackary and Jett’s 6th Annual BYOP
4 p.m. at Mandeville Beer Garden, 428 N. Lemon Ave.
Free, but donations accepted for The Mark Wandall Foundation
Grab a pumpkin and some carving tools (and a beer, while you’re at it) to gear up for an evening of family fun in celebration of fall.
8 p.m. at Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice
Enjoy this high-energy concert honoring the music of Buddy Holly. Matt McClure will perform all the classics along with Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper tribute artists. Runs through Oct. 30.
Monday, Oct. 30
8 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail
Tickets $113 to $151
The ninth-highest charting American band in Billboard Magazine’s Hot 200 All-Time Top Artists is coming to Sarasota. Rock out with Chicago as they perform classics such as “Saturday In The Park,” “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day” and “Make Me Smile.”
Tuesday, Oct. 31
7:30 p.m. at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training kicks off its 2017-18 season with Sophocles’ classic tale — one of the oldest plays still performed, told through a contemporary lens. Runs through Nov. 19.
Halloween Costume Contest 2017
9 p.m. at The Beach Club Siesta Key, 5151 Ocean Blvd.
For night two of Beach Club’s Killer Clown Halloween Weekend, it is giving away a $1,000 cash prize to the best costume in the room.
Wednesday, Nov. 1
7 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.
$17 to $21
Also known as “Hippieman,” John Novostad is a comic from Comedy Works in Denver, Colo., who made his network television debut on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” Runs through Nov. 5.
‘Moon Over Buffalo’
7:30 p.m. at the Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 North Tamiami Trail
$27 to $32
This theatrical farce follows Charlotte and George Hay, two almost has-been actors who are on the brink of a separation because of George’s infidelity. But things get interesting when the duo finds out they might have one more shot at fame. Runs through Nov. 19.