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"I have never had a father figure, so having John in my life has made me happy. Because of John, I have someone to do boy stuff with, hang out with, and talk to about anything."

- Little Brother, Lamar

[The Dish]  A Tasty and Balanced Daily Feed for Pre-apocalyptic Humans
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

In the first Matrix film, there’s a scene where Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, joins the crew of the Nebuchadnezzar for his first real meal after being unplugged from his robot-induced coma. The crew slops gruel onto their plates as Tank, the muscular ship mechanic, explains to Neo that the unappetizing food contains a perfectly balanced amount of nourishment for the post-apocalyptic human. “It has everything the body needs,” says Tank, as the rest of the crew grumbles and muses on the nature of what is essentially human feed.

The gruel looks bland, to be sure, but the idea of a ready-made, nutritious, balanced, complete meal sounds intriguing if for nothing more than its efficiency. The modern grocery stores certainly boasts any number of meal replacement bars, meal replacement shakes or “healthy” frozen meals, all of them assuring you that flavor has not been sacrificed for the convenience of not having to prep your own meal. But this is a lie.  

Fortunately, we don’t currently inhabit a post-apocalyptic hellscape in Sarasota and the culinary landscape is riddled with meals that are balanced, inexpensive and tasty. At Café Epicure on the corner of Palm Avenue and Main Street, a lunch of spaghetti carbonara fits that very description. Made in its most rustic, traditional form, the dish features a mound of spaghetti tossed with a combination of egg yolks, crispy bits of pancetta cooked in their own fat, black pepper and a dash of starchy pasta water. Loaded with carbs and protein, a little carbonara goes a long way. It will only set you back $15 and, equally as important, it’s a delicious meal for the pre-apocalyptic human. 

Photo taken by Andrew Fabian

Café Epicure, 1298 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota

[Market Finds]  Dream-filled Super Bowls at Sarasota Farmers Market
Chloe Cuyler, chloe@srqme.com

If you’re anything like us, fighting the nagging craving for a sweet treat while trying to pursue a healthier lifestyle can be challenging. But it doesn’t have to be. Instead of grabbing a bowl of ice cream, try a smoothie or acai bowl. 

Owned and operated by 21-year-old Cape Coral native, Ashley Yamamoto, along with her business partner Joseph Malu, Dream Earth Bowls offers a colorful, mouthwatering menu—sans the added sugar, artificial colors, and preservatives of many of our favorite treats. Instead, it has refreshing desserts that will not only satisfy your tastebuds, but actually do good by your body.

Both the Dream Earth Bowl and Earth Bowl start with strawberries, blueberries and bananas and the grape-like acai berry—often referred to as a superfood due to its density of of antioxidants and fiber. The Blossom Bowl contains an exotic blend of dragon fruit, mangos and strawberries and is topped with goji berries, among other tasty and healthy tidbits. And finally, the eye-catching Ocean Bowl, no doubt gets its name for its gorgeous blue-green hue. But this color is not the result of a chemical-laden colorant. It is instead from the use of blue majik spirulina in the smoothie blend. Spirulina is a microalgae that can be found in fresh and marine waters. Each bowl comes topped with crunchy granola and almonds, as well as the delightful—yet never overpowering—sweetness of honey and coconut flakes as garnish.  

So, the next time you’re craving a sweet treat, choose the mindful option and try a superfood bowl from Dream Earth Bowls. And while you’re there, take a minute to read/contribute to the their dreamboard stand—prompting those who order a bowl, 'What's Your Dream?'

And while a brick and mortar store may be on the horizon for the brand, Yamamoto shares, farmers markets have made her feel more connected with her community and develop a clear understanding of what people enjoy. Dream Earth Bowls is currently operating stands at four Southwest Florida farmers market locations: Captiva Island Farmers Market, Lakes Park Farmers Market, Sanibel Island Farmers Market and our very own Downtown Sarasota Farmers Market on Saturday mornings, 8am-1pm.  

Photo courtesy of dreamearthbowls.com, @dreamearthbowls

[Desserts]  Celebrating the Seasons with Rusty Bucket

As we get into the colder months, Rusty Bucket is bringing their pumpkin cheesecake back for a limited time. Through the end of November, guests can enjoy this pumpkin-flavored cheesecake topped with cinnamon Chantilly cream, caramel and toasted pecans until supplies run out.

Check out the full menu here. The Rusty Bucket, 257 N Cattlemen Rd #81, Sarasota, 941-355-6666. 

Photo courtesy of the restaurant

[Mentorship]  Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast Announces Their 2021 Bigs of the Year

Bug Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast recently announced Ms. Ashley Tinker, (Highlands/Hardee County) and Mr. John Barringer, (Manatee County) have been selected as the 2021 Big Brother & Big Sister of the Year.  Ashley took on a caregiver role at a young age, and she had to make many adult decisions and assume adult responsibilities as a child. Ashley watched as her family struggled, and she learned at a young age the importance of becoming independent. Knowing that life can be tough, she wanted a child to know that she would be there for them.

Ja’Kenyalee said this about her Big Sister, “Ashley is a very caring person…I have never been around someone as nice as her.  She is always there to help me with my schoolwork, she helps me get the supplies I need for projects, and she always listen to me no matter if I am rambling on about my life at home or a problem that I am having.  Ashley helped me get my grades up by talking to teachers and having them send home extra work for us to do together.  We took it slower than we did in class and she was able to help me understand it better.”  

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, John never missed a visit with Lamar. John quickly switched gears and began meeting with Lamar virtually until it was safe to meet in person. John understood the mental impact that the pandemic was having on Lamar, so he also contacted his Little several times each week via phone and text.

“John has changed my life in a lot of ways; he’s done so much for me that it’s hard to put it into words. John is an actual Big Brother to me, not just, because that’s what he’s called because he’s my Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters, but because he IS my family and my real life Big Brother. He has been there since I was 6-years-old and has challenged me to accomplish my goals,” said, Little Brother Lamar. “I have never had a father figure, so having John in my life has made me happy. Because of John, I have someone to do boy stuff with, hang out with, and talk to about anything. John has changed my life for the better, and I can’t imagine my life without him in it.” 

Pictured: Big Brother John Barringer with Little Brother Lamar, courtesy of BBBSSun.

[Donation Drop-off]  MTC Partners With Humane Society

Massage Therapy Connections is excited to announce the partnership with Manatee County Humane Society in becoming a donation drop off location starting on Monday, November 15, 2021. MTC will have a donation box for you to drop off and it will be taken to the Humane Society regularly. Here is their wish list: cat litter, cat treats and catnip, cat carriers (plastic preferred), dog treats, large KONG toys, large Nyla bones, bully sticks, squaky dog toys, tough dog toys, snuffle mats, new/used crates, small blankets/area rugs, boxes of latex disposable gloves, slow feeding bowls and food puzzle toys, cage scratchers for kitties, x-pens and playpens. 

For more information click here

[Reading]  Embracing Our Difference Presents Virtual Reading Initiative

Since her first book, “Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids,” was published in 2006, Carol McCloud, a nationally acclaimed author and Venice, FL., resident, has inspired millions of people of all ages to become daily “bucket fillers” through her books, seminars, and other publications. Her nine children’s books have sold three million copies worldwide and are used in schools around the world as their primary character development program. As an author, speaker, and early childhood specialist, McCloud says her goal is to help all ages and occupations grow in kindness, self-control, resilience, and forgiveness.

On Tuesday, November 16, through a partnership with Sarasota County Schools, the School District of Manatee County and the Early Learning Coalitions of Sarasota County and Manatee County with generous support from the Manatee Education Foundation, Embracing Our Differences is coordinating virtual read-alongs of “Bucket Fillers” books with 8,200 students in 455 pre-kindergartens through third grade classes. This year, the initiative will be offered via interactive, pre-recorded webisodes featuring read-alongs with the Asolo Rep, CreArte Latino Cultural Center, Venice Theatre, and Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and activities with author Carol McCloud. Each participating student and teacher will receive their own copy of one of McCloud’s books.

Embracing Our Differences’ annual outdoor exhibits remain the heart of a year-round program of activities designed to use art as a catalyst to create awareness and promote diversity. The 2022 exhibit will run January 15 through April 8 at Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota.  

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[Percussion Show]  STOMP Returns to The Van Wezel

STOMP, the international percussion sensation, returns to the Van Wezel on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, at 3 p.m. From its beginnings as a street performance in the UK, STOMP has grown into an international sensation over the past 27 years, having performed in more than 50 countries and in front of more than 24 million people. Created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholasSTOMP continues its phenomenal run with four global productions. The performers “make a rhythm out of anything we can get our hands on that makes a sound,” says co-founder/director Luke Cresswell.  A unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy, STOMP has created its own inimitable, contemporary form of rhythmic expression: both household and industrial objects find new life as musical instruments in the hands of an idiosyncratic band of body percussionists.  It is a journey through sound, a celebration of the everyday and a comic interplay of characters wordlessly communicating through dance and drum. Synchronized stiff-bristle brooms become a sweeping orchestra, eight Zippo lighters flip open and closed to create a fiery fugue; wooden poles thump and clack in a rhythmic explosion.  STOMP uses everything but conventional percussion instruments - dustbins, tea chests, radiator hoses, boots, hub caps - to fill the stage with a compelling and unique act that is often imitated but never duplicated. 

Tickets are $37-$72 and can be purchased at VanWezel.org, by calling the box office at 941-263-6799 or by visiting the box office Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 


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[ADA Survey]  Accessibility Survey Now Available Online

In keeping with its ongoing efforts to serve all members of the public, the City of Sarasota is seeking input from the community about accessibility in our community via an online survey that is now available. The City is updating its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) transition plan and self-evaluation, which provides a comprehensive plan for accessibility for persons with disabilities to City facilities, programs, services activities and events. “The feedback we receive in the survey will give us valuable information on how the City can better serve persons with disabilities and address and prioritize current and future accessibility needs,” said ADA Coordinator Gary Brumley. 

The online survey will be open through Jan. 15. Comments and suggestions can also be provided by phone at 941-264-6299, via TTY through Florida Relay at 7-1-1, or by emailing gary.brumley@sarasotaFL.govThe City will also host an open house at 6 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th St., where citizens can provide feedback in person. 

For more information click here to redirect to sarasotaFL.gov

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Sarasota Art Museum: Fresh Perspective Lunch Series , November 16 – February 8, 11:30am

A new series focusing on topics like history and architecture, and how they relate to the museum. A catered, two-course lunch will follow. Fresh Perspective Lunch #1 on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 11:30am in Thomas McGuire Hall at Sarasota Art Museum, Featured Speaker to be announced soon. Fresh Perspective Lunch #2 on Tuesday, February 8, 2021 at 11:30am in Thomas McGuire Hall at Sarasota Art Museum, Featured Speaker to be announced soon. Individual Tickets: $125/person, Member Price: $75/person, Contact Laura Stuart Wood at lwood1@ringling.educreate new email or 941-309-4321.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Conservation Foundation: Photography of Mary Lundeberg , November 16 – December 31

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast welcomes nature photographer and writer, Mary Lundeberg, and her exhibit, Share the Shore. Lundeberg’s exhibit highlights the variety of threatened coastal wildlife species that nest on our beaches, including least terns, black skimmers, snowy plovers, American oystercatchers, and sea turtles. The opening artist’s reception is November 17 from 5pm to 7pm in the foundation’s Burrows-Matson House headquarters at Bay Preserve, 400 Palmetto Avenue in Osprey. Limited edition photography printed on infused aluminum will highlight beach-nesting wildlife and their habitat. A portion of the proceeds from these limited-edition prints will benefit Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast. In addition to the artist’s reception, Lundeberg will host a virtual presentation on Thursday, November 16 at 10am, entitled Beach-Nesting Wildlife and the Challenges They Face. The one-hour presentation will feature her images of threatened beach-nesting birds, as well as coastal sea turtles. Registration for both the artist’s reception and virtual program is required. To learn more and RSVP, please visit conservationfoundation.com/events or call 941-918-2100. The exhibit will be on display through December 2021 and may be viewed Monday-Friday from 9am to 4pm.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: Friends in Low Places , November 17 – March 27, Varies.

Friends in Low Places celebrates the contemporary country musicians who transformed their genre and rocketed to the top of the charts. Artists like Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, and George Strait spiked their honkytonk with Rock & Roll flair, and yet, they never strayed from country music’s core: truthful, authentic storytelling. Featuring such songs as “Could I Have This Dance,” “Bluebird,” and “Good Hearted Woman.” Friends in Low Places, by Rebecca Hopkins and Richard Hopkins with musical arrangements by Jim Prosser, will play beginning November 17, 2021 through March 27, 2022 in FST's Goldstein Cabaret.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Selby Gardens: Cocktails at the Cottage: An Open-Air Evening by the Bay , November 17, 5pm-8pm

Chairs Renée James Gilmore, Mary Evelyn Guyton, Cornelia Matson, and Jeannie Russell cordially invite you to Cocktails at the Cottage: An Open-Air Evening by the Bay at the Historic Spanish Point campus will take place on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 from 5pm to 8pm with a special toast to the future of the Historic Spanish Point campus at 6pm. Join us for a fun, casual evening with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres overlooking Little Sarasota Bay. Watch the sunset and be the first to hear about exciting developments at Selby Gardens' Historic Spanish Point campus. The evening will take place bayfront in front of the 19th Century White Cottage, Sunken Garden, and Pergola.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Hair , November 17 – January 1, Varies.

Hair is the rock musical that started it all. This joyous rebellion proudly reclaims love as the heart of what it means to be American. Packed with music that is beautiful, irreverent, and deeply evocative, the quirky, all-inclusive vibe doesn’t shy away from poignant social commentary. This iconic musical and Grammy Award-winning score get an exuberant and resonant retelling in the hands of Broadway and Asolo Rep favorite Josh Rhodes. Unforgettable numbers like “The Flesh Failures (Let the Sunshine In),” “Aquarius,” “Good Morning Starshine,” and “Hair” will bring audiences to their feet. Contains mature themes, language, and brief nudity. Recommended for age 16+. Hair will show November 17, 2021–January 1, 2022.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Sarasota Jazz Trolley and Pub Crawl , November 17, 5:30pm-10:30pm

Ride the Hop on. Hop off. Jazz Trolley to live jazz in downtown Sarasota on November 17th. Enjoy your favorite local area jazz artists at 8 area restaurants & clubs. Trolley rides from 5:30pm to 10:30pm. Music at all venues from 6pm to 10pm. Tickets purchased before November 17 are $20 (JC member) - $25 (guests) + processing fees. Order tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/downtown-sarasota-jazz-trolley-pub-crawl-tickets-193145051047. Day of event all tickets $30, no discounts. For information on venues and performers, visit: https://jazzclubsarasota.org. Park at the north end of Van Wezel and hop on trolley at VW or at designated stops in downtown Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel: Celtic Thunder: Ireland , November 17, 7:30pm

Celtic Thunder storms onto the mainstage with their latest live show, IRELAND. IRELAND is a brand-new revue show that revisits their most popular Irish and Celtic songs of the past decade and celebrates the influence of Irish and Celtic music around the world. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 3 at 10am and the show is on November 17, 2021 at 7:30pm. The Celtic Thunder IRELAND live theatrical show embodies the essence of the public television stars, delivering a blend of lively, fast paced and upbeat songs “A Place in The Choir,” “The Galway Girl” and “Raggle Taggle Gypsy,” classic ballads “Mountains of Mourne” and “The Wild Rover” and renowned Irish love songs such as “She Moved Through The Fair” and “Danny Boy” – all with a special Celtic Thunder twist, of course.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 North Tamiami Trail

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Sarasota Audubon Society Guided Walks: Oscar Scherer State Park , November 4 – April 7, 8:30am

Sarasota Audubon Society (SAS) Oscar Scherer State Park Walks will take place every Thursday, from November 4 through April 7. Meet 8:30am inside park at Lake Osprey Nature Center (fee). 1st, 2nd and 5th Thursdays led by Venice Audubon; 3rd & 4th Thursdays led by Peter Brown (508-241-5541).

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Medieval Fair , November 6 – November 28, 10am-5:30pm

The Sarasota Medieval Fair is Back - NEW LOCATION: Woods of Mallaranny. Welcome one and all to four weekends of exciting tournaments, scrumptious feasts, & pure family fun at the Sarasota Medieval Fair. We are so proud to announce the triumphant return of the renowned 17th Annual Sarasota Medieval Fair. The fair will be November 6th-28th, running every weekend on Saturday and Sunday at our much anticipated and beautiful NEW LOCATION, Woods of Mallaranny. Visit us each weekend as each weekend features a full new line-up of different nationally renowned acts! Plus, don't miss our returning favorites such as the Washing Well Wenches, the Human Combat Chess Match, and full-armored full-contact jousting tournaments held twice daily. Live the majesty and madness of knights, jesters, minstrels, belly dancers, wenches, and sword swingers! Watch the full contact joust and human combat chess tournaments! Ride rides and play games. Feast on turkey legs and hearty ales from the English pubs. Plus, join in on the fun with this years Scottish scenario, the Battle of Falkirk, 1298 AD. We encourage all to interact with our cast of characters, ask questions, and participate in the grandeur of color, sound, taste, and festivities. Come one and all to four weekends of exciting tournaments, scrumptious feasts, & pure family fun at the Sarasota Medieval Fair. 

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast: Annual Giving Tree Toy Drive , November 8 – December 3

Fifth Third Bank is partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast for its annual Giving Tree Toy Drive campaign. The Giving Tree Toy Drive program will begin on November 8, 2021 and end on December 3, 2021. Each Fifth Third financial center will host a “Giving Tree” decorated with gift tags with specific information that pertains to the need of a child in the community. We encourage you to visit any local Fifth Third Bank financial center in South Florida during the month of November to pick up your gift tag. Your donation of a gift or gift card will help make a difference and ensure a brighter holiday season for the underserved youth in our community. All donations can be dropped off at any local Fifth Third Bank in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Broward and Palm Beach. To find the nearest location, visit 53.com.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Discover Sarasota Tours: Sarasota's Leading Ladies , November 10 – May 18

A city tour led by one of Sarasota’s Founding Women: Rose Wilson, Mable Ringling, Marie Selby, and Bertha Palmer, as portrayed by actress and guide Kathryn Chesley. History comes to life on this Sarasota City Tour led by Rose Wilson, Mable Ringling, Marie Selby, or Bertha Palmer, as portrayed by actress and guide Kathryn Chesley. Each week’s 90-minute tour features a different leading founder and focuses on her contributions to Sarasota. Tour ticket includes FREE Parking.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: McCurdy's Comedy Theatre: Bermuda Mavericks , November 18, 7pm

Les McCurdy and Ken Sons are.... The Bermuda Mavericks. With the perfect combination of stand up comedy and improvisation, they are a favorite of audiences all over the country. The Bermuda Mavericks will perform on November 18 at 7pm in The Green Room.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: 24th Annual Florida CraftArt Festival 2021 , November 20 – November 21, 10am-5pm and 10am-4pm

The 24th Annual Florida CraftArt Festival on Saturday, November 20 and Sunday, November 21, is a destination for tourists and local visitors to enjoy a fun-filled, visually exciting Florida weekend. Collectors and art lovers will be delighted by the creations of one hundred of the nation’s best contemporary fine craft artists from twelve states. There will be artist demonstrations, food trucks, craft beers and a kids’ art activity tent. The two-day festival kicks off the Holiday shopping season and features handmade works in ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media and wood. Florida CraftArt Festival 2021 will be located just outside Florida CraftArt Gallery, at the crossroads of Central Avenue and 5th Street in Downtown St. Petersburg. The Residences at 400 Central. Florida CraftArt Festival will showcase the talents of eight emerging artists with the support of the DMG School Project, as Florida CraftArt engages and mentors the next generation of fine craft artists. Festival hours are 10am to 5pm on Saturday, and 10am to 4pm on Sunday. To learn more about the 24th Annual Florida CraftArt, visit FloridaCraftArt.org. 

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto: Champions for Children , November 20, 6:30pm

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties will honor Steven and Marjolaine Townsend at the annual Champions for Children celebration on Saturday, November 20, 2021, at 6:30pm at the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club. Presented by the Annette J. Hagens Memorial Foundation, proceeds from the event will ensure youth across Sarasota and DeSoto Counties have access to award-winning programs that foster academic success, strong character and leadership, healthy lifestyles and career readiness.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Venice Theatre: Assisted Living the Musical THE HOME... for the Holidays , November 19 – December 19, Varies.

The comedy team of Compton and Bennett are off their walkers again in this hysterical sequel to the runaway hit about the nursing home and beyond. Christmas, Hanukkah, and retirement will never be the same. Assisted Living the Musical® THE HOME...for the Holidays with Music, Lyrics & Book by Rick Compton and Betsy Bennett will show from November 19 to December 19 at the Venice Theatre.  

[SOON]  MUSIC: Jazz Club of Sarasota: Jazz on the Water - the LeBarge Cruise , November 21, 2pm-4pm

Come join THE JAZZ CLUB OF SARASOTA aboard LeBarge, a Sarasota landmark for over 30 years, on Sunday, November 21, 2021 from 2pm-4pm at LeBarge Tropical Cruises, 2 Marina Plaza. The casual laid-back atmosphere is enhanced by the tropical décor and yes, the palm trees are real. Let the mermaids lead the way through the tranquil waters of Sarasota Bay while you listen to the exciting music of "Just The Two Of Us" with Annie Addington and Jamil Ghattas. The cruise features cash bar service only. Guests may bring light snacks and finger food, but not beverages of any kind. Arrive at the departure dock at Marina Jack Plaza no later than 1:30pm. The boat departs promptly at 2pm. No Reserved Seating.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Venice Holiday Parade , November 27, 6:30pm

The Venice Holiday Parade returns to downtown Venice this year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27. The parade officially begins at 6:30pm at the corner of Park Blvd. and W. Venice Ave (south side). It will proceed on the north side of W. Venice Ave. after crossing over Harbor Drive. From there, it will make a turn on Nokomis Avenue and go all the way down to Turin Street, where it turns right, ultimately making its way to the Venice Community Center, where the parade ends. For parade viewers wishing to be more socially distanced along the route, we encourage you to watch the parade from Nokomis Avenue. Masks are encouraged in crowded areas where social distancing is a challenge. The 2021 Holiday Parade will most likely be smaller this year, but traditionally exciting. For more information, please visit the parade website at veniceholidayparade.com or call 941-488-8780.

[SOON]  THEATER: The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime: Outdoor Theatre Workshop , November 27, 12pm-2pm

This Outdoor Theatre Workshop will take place in the courtyard of The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime on Saturday, November 27 from 12pm to 2pm. Presented by actors from Dingbat Theatre Project. Pay what you want. Ages 8 to 108.

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: Voices: Rising Choreographers , October 14 – November 17, 7pm and 2pm

Opening Sarasota Contemporary Dance’s 16th Season is Voices – Rising Choreographers, a showcase of movement makers, including SCD company members Sea Lee and Jessica Obiedzinski, as well as Miami artist Justice Rodriguez. This program presents rising voices who were selected by adjudication from SCD's Summer Intensive Programs, chosen by Artistic Director Leymis Bolaños Wilmott. This showcase will take place from Thursday, October 14, 2021 to Sunday, October 17, 2021. All shows are at 7pm, except Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are $10 - $45. Available Virtually Friday, October 14th, 2021 through Sunday, October 17th, 2021. Virtual Tickets are $25.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Fall Fine Art Festival , November 20 – November 21, 10am-5pm

Are you an art collector? Looking for art to beautify your home or office? Or just wish to be inspired? Then join us for the 8th Annual Sarasota Fall Fine Art Festival in downtown Sarasota on November 20-21, 2021. The event is produced by Paragon Festivals and hosted by the Downtown Sarasota Enrichment Association. The event is held in JD Hamel Park located at Gulfstream and Main Street in downtown Sarasota. Your support has made this art show a signature event for the Sarasota community. The Sarasota Fall Fine Art Festival transforms JD Hamel Park into an outdoor gallery of original, handmade works by artisans from across Florida and throughout the United States. Together their visions and talents create a tapestry of art woven from stunning creations in painting, sculpture, jewelry, photography, glass, ceramics, fiber and wearable art, mixed-media, woodworking and much more. All created in a diversity of styles and materials, each body of work unique. If you do not find what you seek, consider commissioning a unique, one-of-a-kind piece of art made specifically for you. Hours are both Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm with free admission. Bring your sense of discovery and appreciation of the beautiful! Discover something of yourself as you explore ART.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: City Christmas Tree Lighting , December 2, 6pm-8pm

Downtown Sarasota's Christmas Tree is the perfect backdrop for your holiday snapshot. The annual tree lighting event will take place Thursday, December 2nd from 6pm to 8pm in Selby Five Points Park, located across the street from the Selby Public Library. Holiday Performance by Ring Sarasota. Enjoy refreshments, music, and photos with Santa! The Christmas Tree will be lit at 7pm where photos can be taken.

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