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The best things to do in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, Longboat for Nov. 9-15

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Amanda Bolduc created the sand sculpture Re-Emergence during the 2022 Siesta Key Crystal Classic.
Amanda Bolduc created the sand sculpture Re-Emergence during the 2022 Siesta Key Crystal Classic.
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Thursday, Nov. 9

‘Later Life’
7:30 p.m. at Anna Maria Island Players Theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria

Now in its 75th season, the Island Players present A.R. Gurney’s play about a man who rekindles a relationship with an old flame in a last bid to escape depression and establish normalcy in his life. Runs through Nov. 12.

Friday, Nov. 10

Siesta Key Crystal Classic
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Siesta Beach
$12; seniors and military $10; children $6

Individual sculptors and duos will compete over the weekend for the most impressive sand sculpture. Watch the 24 artists work from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday, and vote for your favorite sculptures with wooden tokens available for purchase. Event parking is $55; the free Siesta Key Breeze Trolley runs to and from Siesta Key Village and Turtle Beach. The Barefoot Beach Bar Party Tent will be open each day with free admission. Live music, sand sculpting lessons and demonstrations will be throughout the festival.

Jazz at Two with Robbie Rose
2 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Road

Jazz pianist Robbie Rose and his “Retro” band will perform a mix of songs from the movies, selections from the American Songbook and pop favorites with a dash of bossa nova thrown in.

'Frozen' at Waterside
6 p.m. at Waterside Park, 7301 Island Cove Terrace, Lakewood Ranch

Waterside Place again hosts its movie of the month with the showing of "Frozen." Showtime begins at sunset. The event is sponsored every second Friday of the month by Grace Community Church. Movie characters Anna and Elsa will appear from 6-8 p.m. for a meet-and-greet. A free Chick Fil A sandwich or nuggets goes to the first 300 attendees. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Concessions are available from We B’ Poppin Popcorn and Kettle Corn. Inflatables for the kids will be available from 7-9 p.m.

'Lark Eden'
7:30 p.m. at Tree Fort Productions, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail

Ann Miller, Lauren Wood and Katherine Michelle Tanner perform local playwright Natalie Symons' Southern Gothic play that follows the friendships of three women.

The Music of Giacomo Puccini
7:30 p.m. at Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.

The operas of Giacomo Puccini are some of the most popular in the Sarasota Opera’s repertoire. Victor DeRenzi will lead the Sarasota Orchestra as soloists from the Sarasota Opera perform selections from Puccini’s works. Runs through Nov. 12.

‘Pass Over’
7:30 p.m. at The Sarasota Players, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 1130

With “Pass Over,” The Sarasota Players reimagines Beckett's “Waiting for Godot" through the eyes of two inner-city Black men. Runs through Nov. 19.

Neil Berg's 50 Years of Rock 'n' Roll Part VI comes to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Nov. 10.
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Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock and Roll Part VI
8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail

From the origins of rock ‘n’ roll in the 1940s, through the glory years of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, and up until the advent of MTV in the early ‘80s, Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock and Roll pays tribute to iconic rock stars and genres. 

Saturday, Nov. 11

St. Armands Circle Art Festival 
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in St. Armands Circle Park,1 St Armands Circle

The St. Armands Circle Art Festival hosts 200 artists in town annually. The event offers art from a broad spectrum of mediums including sculpture, photography, glass, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media and more. Continues Sunday.

Sarasota Veterans Day Parade
10 a.m. beginning at corner of Gulfstream Avenue and Main Street

Featuring a theme of "We don't know them all, but we owe them all," this year's parade will feature the color guards from Sarasota's police and fire departments, antique military vehicles, local school marching bands, and other organizations and dignitaries. A medley of patriotic songs will be performed by Master Sgt. Robert McDonald, retired lead singer for the U.S. Army chorus, and the Sarasota Choral Artists in a performance led by Joseph Holt, retired director of the U.S. Army Chorus, while the guest speaker is Carlos Moreira, who spent 15 years on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps.

More than 100 wines are available to taste at the Suncoast Food and Wine Fest.
Photo by Liz Ramos

Suncoast Food And Wine Festival
1-4 p.m. at Premier Sports Campus, 5895 Post Blvd., Lakewood Ranch

The Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch hosts the 21st annual event. Tickets include a sampling of wine and food from dozens of the area’s finest restaurants, as well as live music, cooking demonstrations and vendor booths. Proceeds to benefit charity through a grant process.

Veterans Day in Song
1 p.m. at Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave.
$40; veterans $25

Choral Artists of Sarasota presents songs that inspired our armed services during conflicts ranging from the Revolutionary War through Desert Storm.

Longboat Veterans Day Observance 
3 p.m. at the Town Center Green, 600 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key

Honor local veterans on Longboat Key with a beautiful observance at the new Town Center Green. There will be multiple performances from local organizations including the Color Guard from Manatee High School ROTC, a vocalist and accompaniment from the Longboat Island Chapel and the Sarasota Orchestra Quintet. The town will also present the donations raised from its campaign for SRQ Vets.

Nik Wallenda walked the high wire on June 12, 2020, at Benderson Park.
Photo by Harry Sayer

Santa's Grand Arrival Parade
5 p.m. at University Town Center, 257. N. Cattlemen Road

Listen and dance to live DJs on Cattleman Road before watching aerialist Nik Wallenda cross Cattleman Road on his high-wire to light up the 50-foot Christmas tree, officially beginning the holiday festivities at UTC. Santa's Grand Arrival Parade and After-Party will then follow a Veterans Day tribute at 6 p.m. The after-party includes a live performance by the Bradenton band "We the Kings."

William Shatner: 'The Wrath of Khan'
7 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail

Following a screening of the classic film “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” William Shatner, the original Capt. Kirk, will share behind-the-scenes stories from his career spanning seven decades as actor, producer, director, writer and space traveler.

"Peace of Woodstock" will go from the sounds of Richie Havens to Jimi Hendrix.
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'Peace of Woodstock'
8 p.m. at Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave W., Bradenton

From the acoustic opening act to the festival's closing electric sounds, this show takes you on a musical journey of the groundbreaking Woodstock concert with the songs of Jimi Hendrix, Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Who, Janis Joplin, Santana, the Jefferson Airplane and many others.

Sunday, Nov. 12

SRQ Craft Beer Festival 
Noon to 4 p.m. at 1837 Hillview St.

Sample craft beers from 21 breweries including Calusa, Sun King and Islamorada, while enjoying live music throughout the day.

'Capitol Fools'
2 p.m. at Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave. Building 5, Venice

Former members of the troupe The Capitol Steps turn our polarized political times into comedy gold with satiric songs.

2PM Band
2 p.m. at Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Court

The trio of Pete Price, Pete Hennings and Mike Jurgensen blend their varied musical talents into an eclectic mix of material. The performance is sponsored by the Will McLean Foundation Audible Art to promote Florida’s acoustic artists.

Surfin’ USA: The Pops Orchestra performs with Beach Boys tribute band Sail On in a concert to honor veterans on Nov. 12 in Sarasota and Nov. 13 in Bradenton.

Surfin’ USA: The Pops Orchestra with Sail On
3 p.m. at Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way

The Pops join Sail On, a popular Beach Boys tribute band, in a concert to honor the nation’s veterans with the sounds of The Beach Boys and patriotic favorites. A second show will take place on Nov. 13 at the SCF Neel Performing Arts Center in Bradenton.

Monday, Nov. 13

Guitar Sarasota
7:30 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2256 Bahia Vista St.

Gran pas de deux, a violin and guitar duo consisting of Russian violinist Vladimir Tsypin and American guitarist Robert Phillips, will perform works by Paganini, Massent and Piazzolla. 

Tuesday, Nov. 14

'Hermitage Cross-Arts Collaborative: Theater and Dance'
5 p.m. at The Bay, Sarasota

After two weeks on the Hermitage campus, 2023 Cross Arts Recipients Lizzie Hagstedt and Jessica Obiedzinski talk about their residency as the sun sets at The Bay. Hagstedt’s music has been incorporated into several shows at Asolo Rep, while Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company member Obiedzinski plans to develop and share a new dance piece.

Wednesday, Nov. 15

Tobias Quartet
7 p.m. at Sarasota Art Museum, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail

The Perlman Music Program Suncoast kicks off its 20th season with the Tobias Quartet.The program features Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 18 No. 2 in G Major and Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major. The quartet will perform a second outdoor recital free of charge at 5 p.m. on Nov. 18 at The Green at UTC. 

Cynthia Sayer and the Joyride Band
7:30 p.m. at The Glenridge Performing Arts Center, 7333 Scotland Way

Banjoist/vocalist Cynthia Sayer and her all-star Joyride Band perform a mix of jazz, American Songbook standards and more.

‘Crazy for You’
8 p.m. at Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail

Directed and choreographed by Denis Jones, Ken Ludwig’s Tony Award-winning romantic musical comedy is set in the Roaring Twenties and features iconic Gershwin songs “As Someone to Watch Over Me,” “I Got Rhythm” and “Embraceable You.” Runs through Jan. 4.


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