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"We have musicians in their early teens up to retirement age playing together in this concert."

- Iain Harris, Music Instructor, Music Compound.
 

[Arts & Entertainment]  Embracing Kindness at the Sarasota Art Museum
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Embracing Our Differences celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with a special retrospective exhibition installed on the Great Lawn of the Sarasota Art Museum. Opening today and titled “Embracing Kindness,” the exhibition takes viewers on a look back through 20 years of art and community, while promoting its own message of kindness in an increasingly unkind time. “We have a lot to celebrate and a lot of challenges,” says Embracing Our Differences Executive Director Sarah Wertheimer. “The work and this mission are needed more today than they were 20 years ago.” The exhibition is free and open to the public.

For two decades, Embracing Our Differences has championed inclusion and tolerance in the community through educational programming and its yearly flagship art exhibition in Bayfront Park, seeing as many as 50 or more billboard-sized works of art erected on the green, each paired with an original quote calling for peace, love and acceptance. Embracing Kindness sees the Sarasota-based nonprofit looking back through hundreds of entries over the years and narrowing that down to a select 14 to be displayed outside at the Sarasota Art Museum. “We tried to find those pieces that were memorable for the community,” says Wertheimer, “but also vary topics and art styles and representation.” It’s impossible to pick a favorite, she says, but she’s proud to include two from Ukraine—one from the 2019 show and the other from the 2020 exhibition. In total, Embracing Kindness includes art from five different countries.

But as much as Embracing Kindness is about looking back and celebrating how the wider community has embraced and supported the Embracing Our Differences mission over the years, it’s also about looking forward to what kind of future that community wants to create and how important kindness is in daily life. “It’s a simple concept,” Wertheimer says, “but unfortunately it isn’t practiced all the time.” But by blowing up the message 16 feet wide and more than 12 feet tall, she hopes maybe it’ll make an impact. “I hope people walk away with a deeper appreciation for the importance of treating one another with kindness and respect,” she says. “And a deeper appreciation of diverse perspectives and life experiences, and how much richer it makes our world when we’re able to bring them together.”

And although the world, at times, may seem to be going in the opposite direction—“We were hoping the world would be growing into a kinder, more respectful place,” Wertheimer says, “but unfortunately that’s not what we’re seeing across the world today.”—she won’t let it slow her, or Embracing Our Differences, down. “That doesn’t mean we need to stop trying,” she says. “It just means we need to do even more.”

On display through November 26, Embracing Kindness is free to view and membership with Sarasota Art Museum is not required for entry, although access is through the museum building. An Art Talk with Embracing Our Differences Exhibit Director Sheila D. McKoy will be held at the museum on October 28 at 1pm and is also free to attend. 

Pictured: One World One Heart by Anna Zigel of Boyarka, Ukraine, from the 2019 Embracing Our Differences Exhibit.

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[Arts & Entertainment]  The Dark Side of The Moon at Music Compound
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

This Friday, October 20th, from 8-9:30 pm, music instructors Iain Harris and Taylor Galford will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s seminal album The Dark Side of The Moon with a tribute concert at local music school, Music Compound.

“Here at Music Compound, we normally have a monthly concert with the members, half of which are themed. October is always Rocktober which made me think that we should play something by Pink Floyd,” says Harris. “As I started writing down what songs we could do I thought to myself, well this is like half of The Dark Side of The Moon album. Why don’t we just do the whole album? It’s one of those ideas that’s so blindly ambitious that I thought, well I’ve thought of it, so now we have to do it.”

The concert, which will feature 22 students and 11 staff members, will be a full 45 minute run through of the album with no breaks in between songs. “People are going to be running on and off the stage, swapping out instruments song by song, it really is a collaborative effort by the whole school. It’s by far the most ambitious thing we’ve ever attempted to do which is really exciting,” says Harris. “It’s a complete, contained work. Taylor has worked to create backing tracks and sound effects–all the instruments will be live of course–but if you know the album, then you know that there’s various sound effects like heart beats and cash registers that complete the work.”

Perhaps the most intriguing thing about the concert and Music Compound as a whole is the accessibility factor of the program. While participants in this particular concert had to have a particular level of skill, it is a Pink Floyd album after all, the age range and experience level varies widely from musician to musician. “We say that Music Compound is for all people of all ages and all abilities. It’s an environment where everyone can come together and be creative,” says Harris. “We have musicians in their early teens up to retirement age playing together in this concert. There’s various lineups of different songs and instrumental sections where people who could be grandparents and grandchildren are playing together. It really is a communal event.”

Friday, October 20 8-9:30 pm, Music Compound SRQ, 1751 Cattlemen Rd, Sarasota. 

Pictured: Music Compound instructors Taylor Galford (far left) and Iain Harris (third from left) lead fellow instructors and students during a rehearsal of the tribute to Pink Floyd's seminal album, The Dark Side of the Moon. Photo courtesy of Music Co

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[Arts & Entertainment]  Hermitage Sunsets at Selby Gardens Series Continues November 30th with Visionary Arts Leaders Nataki Garrett, Tom Kirdahy, and More Discussing the State of The Arts in Florida

The Hermitage Artist Retreat announced today that a distinguished panel of arts and cultural leaders will discuss the myriad of challenges facing the arts in Florida and our country in the newly announced program “Hermitage Sunsets @ Selby Gardens: State of the Arts in Florida.” This event will take place on Thursday, November 30th at 5pm at Selby Gardens’ Historic Spanish Point campus. Hermitage Curatorial Council member Nataki Garrett, who recently served as Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Tony and Olivier Award-winning producer Tom Kirdahy, a Sarasota resident and friend of the Hermitage, will participate in a discussion with the President of the Manasota Chapter of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), David Wilkins, in a conversation moderated by Hermitage Artistic Director and CEO Andy Sandberg. No matter where you get your news, it is a given reality that America – and Florida, in particular – feels more divided now than at nearly any point in our history. How does this impact the artists who call Florida home or who come here to make work? What challenges does this create for our state’s cultural economy? These esteemed professionals will share their experiences and thoughts in a candid and wide-ranging discussion on the arts community and the artists creating work in the state of Florida and beyond. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  ensembleNewSRQ Presents Beyond the Veil

ensembleNEWSRQ (enSRQ), the innovative chamber music ensemble, opens its eighth season with “Beyond the Veil,” an ethereal glimpse into the world beyond, with haunting works for string quartet and piano from some of the brightest new voices in music. String quartets from Nia Imani Franklin and Julia Adolphe bookend a captivating trio for violins and piano from Chris Rogerson. Philippe Manoury’s monumental “Tensio” for string quartet and live electronics transports audiences to a different world. The concert is Monday, October 23, 7:30 p.m., at First Congregational Church, 1031 S. Euclid Ave., Sarasota. Single tickets are $25. Season subscriptions for five concerts are available now for $115. For more information on ticket packages and single tickets, including student ticket pricing, visit www.EnSRQ.org.  

[Arts & Entertainment]  The Perlman Music Program Suncoast Presents The Tobias Quartet

The Perlman Music Program nurtures the talent of gifted young musicians by providing an opportunity for them to train in Sarasota with Itzhak Perlman and other renowned musicians at the PMP Winter Residency. After the residency, PMP students move on to higher education and careers. The Perlman Music Program Suncoast (Perlman Suncoast) then invites these alumni back to the Sarasota-Manatee region for performances and outreach initiatives in public venues, retirement centers, private communities, places of worship, and public schools. Each performance offers a unique opportunity for area audiences to learn about and interact with the musicians through Q&A sessions and post-concert receptions. In November, Perlman Suncoast presents two recitals by the Tobias Quartet. The first event is Wednesday, November 15, 7 p.m., in the Thomas McGuire Hall at Sarasota Art Museum, 1001 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 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. Tickets are $20. To purchase tickets, visit PerlmanSuncoast.org. 

Pictured: n November, Perlman Suncoast presents two recitals by the Tobias Quartet.

[Arts & Entertainment]  FST's Family-Friendly Holiday Tradition, Deck the Halls, Returns with an All-New Show

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is excited to bring children and their families the magic of the holiday season with the latest iteration of Deck the Halls. This interactive family-friendly, music-filled show celebrates everything that makes the holidays in Sarasota special. Since Deck the Halls was first produced in 2016, the show has become a holiday tradition for many families on the Suncoast. This year, the festivities return with all-new sketches, all-new songs, and all-new memories ready for the making. Created by Caroline Saldivar and Sarah Durham with additional material by Dellan Short and Jeremy Weinstein, Deck the Halls plays select Saturdays and Sundays starting November 25 in FST’s Keating Theatre. Inspired by happenings in the community and trends in popular culture, this year’s edition of Deck the Halls will lovingly spoof everything from over-the-top commercials and Taylor Swift-mania to snowbirds and the rise of TikTok—all shared through a family-friendly lens. Audiences can also expect entertaining parodies of classic holiday songs—such as “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and “Jingle Bells”—as well as original comedy sketches featuring five of Santa’s favorite elves and Mrs. Claus herself. Cast in this show are Lorelei Frank, Olivia Green, Deonta Mitchell, Mitchell Nalos, Lauren Phillips, James Randolph, and Dellan Short—all members of FST’s Professional Training Program. The creative team features direction and scenic design by Caroline Saldivar, musical arrangements by Jeremy Weinstein and Jim Prosser, choreography by Trisha Stever, music direction by Jeremy Weinstein, costume design by Scarlett Kellum, lighting design by Dio Raquel Jr., and sound design by Naomi Marin. Deck the Halls is part of a four-show subscription package. Also included in the Children’s Theatre Series subscription package is The Velveteen Rabbit: A Toy Story, a brand-new adaptation of Margery Williams’ classic story, Red Riding Hood, a furiously fast retelling of the popular fairy tale, and The Power of Peanut Butter & Other Winning Plays, a collection of award-winning plays written by elementary school students from around the world. Subscriptions for all four Children’s Theatre shows are now on sale for only $20—just $5 per person per show. Single tickets are also available for $10 per ticket. Subscriptions and tickets are now on sale at 941.366.9000 or FloridaStudioTheatre.org. 

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[Arts & Entertainment]  Spectacular Talent Show Friday, October 20th!

We are thrilled to announce Hamlet’s Eatery and I Love Downtown Facebook Group (ILDS) is hosting their first Talent Show TONIGHT, Friday, Oct 20th. We have found over a dozen exceptional acts to participate in this thrilling event from singers, dancers, and even a magician! Our talent show aims to provide a platform for performers to shine bright and share their passion with a supportive community. Judges Mark Klecka, Scott Malouf, Nicole Hancock, and Michelle Madeo Keyvani will have the difficult decision of who gets the prizes. But we need your help, the audience will vote for their favorite too! There are amazing prizes for these brave acts. This event promises to be an unforgettable evening filled with awe-inspiring performances, friendly competition, and immense entertainment. The show will be held outside in the courtyard of The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime, 821 Apricot Ave in Sarasota. Doors open at 5pm and the show will start around 6pm. Join us on October 20th for an evening of incredible talents, remarkable performances, and an abundance of applause. For more information visit www.Hamletseatery.com or call 941-445-1938. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  Boundary-Breaking Repertoire in Sarasota Orchestra November Concerts

Sarasota Orchestra celebrates the ingenuity of composers from across the centuries in two November concerts. Its first Masterworks series concert pairs Beethoven’s epic Third Symphony, “Eroica,” with a bluegrass-inspired concerto from the 21st century. On the Orchestra’s Chamber Soirée series, a one-night-only performance of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat offers music and theatre lovers a unique opportunity to experience an imaginative masterpiece. Masterworks: Beethoven’s Eroica-Sarasota Orchestra’s Masterworks series gets off to a joyous start with a program featuring Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony, a supreme work that is by turns heroic, somber, and ecstatic. David Alan Miller leads the Orchestra in this masterpiece, which redefined the symphonic art form. Tessa Lark, violinist and fiddler extraordinaire, brings her flair to Michael Torke’s bluegrass-inspired violin concerto, Sky. The sparkling Overture to Die Fledermaus, Johann Strauss Jr.’s comic homage to champagne and practical jokes, opens the celebration. Grammy Award-winning conductor David Alan Miller has served as Music Director of the Albany Symphony since 1992 and currently serves as Sarasota Orchestra’s Artistic Advisor. Violinist Tessa Lark’s recording of Sky with the Albany Symphony earned a 2020 Grammy nomination for Best Classical Instrumental Solo: November 3, 7:30 pm, November 4, 7:30 pm, November 5, 2:30 pm, Van Wezel, Visit SarasotaOrchestra.org or call the Box Office at (941) 953-3434.

Chamber Soirée: A Soldier’s Tale: Igor Stravinsky’s music for the theatrical work L’Histoire du Soldat propels the tale of a soldier who trades his magic violin to the Devil in exchange for knowledge of the future. The piece is a tour de force for the seven instrumentalists, three actors and one narrator tasked with bringing the spectacular score to life. Now considered among the most important chamber music opuses of the early 20th century, L’Histoire’s combination of virtuosic instrumental writing and dramatic narration always make its live performance a must-see event! Director and Production Designer Logan gabrielle Schulman is a New York-based interdisciplinary theatrical director and installation artist with a degree in Theatre and Religion from New College of Florida. Raychel Ceciro (the princess, associate producer), 23 Alejo-Barbić (the soldier), Amber McNew (the devil) and Casey Murphy (the narrator) make up the cast. Costumes designed by Anna Roth. November 19, 4:00 pm, Holley Hall, Visit SarasotaOrchestra.org or call the Box Office at (941) 953-3434. 

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[Arts & Entertainment]  Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Comes to the Van Wezel

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is excited to welcome Mannheim Steamroller Christmas to Sarasota on Sunday, November 19, 2023, at 7 p.m. Chip Davis, founder and creator of Mannheim Steamroller, will celebrate over 35 Years of his annual Christmas concert tour, making it the longest running concert tour in the entertainment industry! Tickets are currently on sale. Davis founded his own record label, American Gramaphone, which went on to become one of the industry’s largest independent record labels. A Grammy Award winner, Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 41 million albums, with over 31.5 million in the Christmas genre. Their holiday CD’s have become synonymous with Christmas and occupy top positions on Billboard’s Seasonal Chart every year. This year’s show will feature classic Christmas hits from the Mannheim Steamroller holiday albums along with multimedia effects in an intimate setting. Davis will direct and co-produce Tour performances with MagicSpace Entertainment. Tickets start at $40 and can be purchased at www.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. Groups of 10 or more should contact 941-263-6726. Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis is co-produced by MagicSpace Entertainment. The company is a boutique producing and presenting firm focused on first-class properties and productions. Based in Park City, UT, the company has produced and presented national tours, Broadway shows, concerts, museum exhibits and sporting events worldwide for over 40 years with a powerhouse producing team focused on providing creative, marketing and general management expertise. www.magicspace.net. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  Wellen Park Announces its Fall Music Series, Community and Signature Events Schedule

Wellen Park invites the community to “fall” into fun with a new lineup of events. Come to Downtown Wellen to enjoy a variety of local musicians performing in the brand-new Fall Music Series, a calendar full of flexible fitness classes, a memorable Fall Fest event, a community art event celebrating the local visual and performing arts community, and so much more.  From live music to fun-filled festivals, there are plenty of ways to celebrate fall at Wellen Park.  Wellen Park’s calendar reflects the exciting upcoming events coming to Downtown Wellen. Most activities are free and open to the public. For more information, visit wellenpark.com/events. Showcase your #WellenLiving experiences this fall by posting on Facebook and Instagram. Tag Wellen Park for a chance to be featured on its Facebook and Instagram pages.   



[Giving Coast]  GIVING COAST 2023 | SPIRIT OF GIVING

SRQ’s Giving Coast program connects the nonprofits in our region with our philanthropic readers in the Giving Back May/June and the December editions of SRQ Magazine with the Donor's Guide To Giving. Our region is known for its strong philanthropic spirit. Join us this May/June in recognizing and sharing your organization’s mission and your wish list with those who want to support you. Capture your story and engage our readership in your philanthropic work. Space closes Friday, October 20, 2023. Please reach out to your Account Executive or Robinson Valverde at robinson.valverde@srqme.com 

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Fresh Harvest Farmers Market at Wellen Park , June 25 – December 29, 9 am to 1 pm

Visit Fresh Harvest, the newly launched weekly farmers market in Downtown Wellen. Fresh Harvest offers a selection of local goods from nearly 40 local vendors. Fresh Harvest takes place every Sunday in Downtown Wellen from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees can peruse different vendor booths and stock up on a variety of goods. Vendors will offer a wide variety of locally grown and produced food, including herbs, spices, cut flowers, teas, canned and preserved fruits and vegetables, syrups, baked goods, pickled foods, fresh seafood, meats, poultry, eggs, milk and prepared food and beverages. A limited selection of craft vendors also participate in the farmers market. For a listing of participating vendors and more information on Fresh Harvest Farmers Market, visit wellenpark.com/events/fresh-harvest-farmers-market. Downtown Wellen, 19745 Wellen Park Blvd., Venice.

[SOON]  THEATER: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe opens its 24th Season , October 11 – November 19, n/a

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is thrilled to open its 24th theatre season with "Once On This Island," a Tony Award-winning musical set on a Caribbean island and featuring Afro-Caribbean rhythms and instruments and spectacular costumes. The show tells the coming-of-age story of a peasant girl searching for love and her place in the world, while dealing with complicated social issues of race, class and affairs of the heart. The production runs from October 11 through November 19; individual tickets are on sale. For more information, visit westcoastblacktheatre.com.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Lights at Spooky Point , October 13 – October 31, 6:30pm and 7:45pm

Kicking off Friday, October 13, naturally, our popular Halloween-inspired light show is back for a second year! The show will run from October 13-31 with entry times at 6:30pm and 7:45 nightly. Don't miss the chance to see our Historic Spanish Point campus transformed into Spooky Point where you can follow an eerily lit path and encounter fantastic creations and boo-tanically-themed decorations along the way. Equal parts campy and cute, this walk-through show is fun for all ages. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Purchasing tickets in advance is strongly encouraged, buy yours soon to secure the dates and times of your choice. To purchase tickets at the member price, you must log in to your Selby Gardens member account. For more information visit selby.org.

[SOON]  FOOD: School of Hospitality and Tourism Management All-Inclusive Dining Event , October 17 – November 14, 6-8pm

The public is invited to enjoy an elegant night out at the Powel Crosley Estate, where Sarasota-Manatee students will deliver an unforgettable hospitality experience from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 17. The event promises to delight guests with a gourmet spread, including risotto, salmon, steak, dessert and an opportunity to customize their own “potato martini” with sautéed Spanish onions, roasted garlic confit, apple smoked bacon and other savory toppings. A second dinner will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 14 at the same location. The semi-annual dinner series is an opportunity for students in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management to gain hands-on experience in designing, preparing and executing an all-inclusive dining event. “This will be a dynamic learning experience for all of them,” said Joe Askren, a professor of instruction in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, who, along with his colleague Angad Dang, will assist the students throughout the night. “We look forward to showcasing our students’ skills at these events.” Visit usf.to/taste to purchase tickets.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Bay Turns 1! Community Celebration , October 18 – October 22

The Bay Turns One! Community celebration provides free, exciting, and diverse programming for the entire community to enjoy. With more than 30 free events over the 5 days, there’s something for everyone, including family-fun activities, headlining musical acts by Journey former lead vocalist Steve Augeri and Sarasota’s own Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, food and cultural festivals, a one-year community celebration party, Boo! at The Bay Halloween, dancing, nature explorations in nature and more! For more information, visit thebayturnsone.org.

[SOON]  SPORTS: Sarasota Chamber's 2023 Sporting Clays , October 20, 8am-1:30pm

Come and enjoy a day filled with sports and networking at the 2023 Sporting Clays Tournament on Friday, October 20th from 8:00 AM-1:30 PM at Sarasota Trap, Skeet & Clays. When you register, you'll not only secure your spot but also receive a complimentary lunch! Whether you sign up individually or assemble a team of four, it promises to be a day of thrilling shooting. Registration fees will be $245 for an individual, non-chamber member and $195 for an individual chamber member, as well as $750 for a team of four non-chamber members and $600 for a team of four chamber members. For more info, or ot register, visit sarasotachamber.com.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Pride Festival , October 21, 12pm-5pm

Project Pride SRQ, the regions leading LGBTQ+ advocacy organization, is thrilled to announce its highly anticipated Sarasota Pride, scheduled to take place on October 21st, 2023, in the heart of the Rosemary District along Boulevard of the Arts and Florida Ave. Sarasota Pride has been dedicated to celebrating diversity, promoting inclusivity, and supporting the LGBTQ+ community for many years. The annual outdoor festival has become a beloved tradition, bringing together individuals, families, and allies from across Sarasota and beyond for a day of entertainment, education, and unity. This year’s festival promises to be the biggest and most vibrant yet, with an exciting lineup of events and activities that will appeal to attendees of all ages and backgrounds. Highlights of the Sarasota Pride Outdoor Festival include main stage entertainment, a food and beverage village, community resource fair, art and craft vendors and a community pride bike rally. Sarasota Pride will take place from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend. https://www.ppsrq.org.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe at "The Bay Turns One!" , October 22, 7-9pm

In celebration of The Bay’s first year as a beloved and sustainable gathering place for the community, there will be five days of free activities, programs and events from October 18-22. On Sunday, October 22, 7-9 p.m., Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will close out “The Bay Turns One!” celebration with a free “Soul & Sass” concert, featuring the hottest soul and R&B hits of the 1960s and 70s. The performance takes place at the Rusty Anchor Stage at The Bay Park, 10th Street entrance. The concert will feature songs from favorites such as Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, The O'Jay’s, Gladys Knight, Donna Summer and more. The community is invited to come sing along and dance the night away with the most exciting, show-stopping group on Florida’s Cultural Coast. The concert is open and accessible, free and welcoming to all, however, registration is encouraged at www.thebayturnsone.org/wcbtt-concert. Guests should bring their own lawn chairs or blankets as seating will not be provided. For more about “The Bay Turns One” and explore additional free offerings, visit TheBayTurnsOne.org.

[SOON]  SPORTS: Bradentucky Bombers Last Home Game , October 21, 5pm

The Bradentucky Bombers are excited to announce their last home game of 2023 on Saturday, October 21st against Orlando Roller Derby, a team out of Orlando. This will be a double header. They will be hosting the game on Saturday, October 21st at Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex at 5:00 p.m, doors open at 4:30pm. Second game begins at 7pm. Tickets are available! Presale-$10 online; Adults at the door-$15; Kids 6-12-$10 at the door; Kids 5 and under free! Your ticket gets you into both games. For more information visit www.bradentuckybombers.com.

[SOON]  THEATER: The Players Present The Legend of Sleepy Hollow , October 26 – October 28, 6pm

The Sarasota Players is back with their annual autumn tradition of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Oct. 26 through 28 at The Sarasota Polo Grounds at Lakewood Ranch, 8201 Polo Club Ln, Sarasota. This is an outdoor event that's perfect for all ages. Attendees are asked to bring their own blankets and lawn chairs to this outdoor event, and to dress up for the nightly costume contest! Shows start promptly at 6pm. This year, on Saturday, Oct. 28, starting at 3pm, families can enjoy a fall festival tailored to the kids. With a bracelet they can enjoy face painting, bounce houses, games and more before the show begins at 6pm. For more information, visit theplayers.com.

[SOON]  GALA: 21st Annual Buddy Walk with Bringing Up Down Syndrome , October 28, 10 am to 2 pm

Bringing Up Down Syndrome will hold its 21st annual Buddy Walk on Saturday, October 28th from 10 am to 2 pm at Bayside Community Church, located at 15800 FL64 in Bradenton, Florida. This exciting event is the largest Down syndrome awareness and celebration experience in the area. This event will feature live music with celebrated vocalist and DJ, MoTown Ross Brown, silent auction, carnival games, a 50/50 raffle, food and beverages, and a variety of other family friendly activities. All donations support programs and services offered to over 250 families across Manatee and Sarasota counties. Register now at manasotabuds.org.

[SOON]  GALLERY: MARA Art Studio + Gallery Grand Opening , November 3, 6-8pm

Artist and gallerist Mara Torres González recently relocated MARA Art Studio + Gallery from the Rosemary District to Palm Avenue—a corridor long known for its prestigious galleries. A grand opening is scheduled for Friday, November 3, 6-8 p.m. during Palm Avenue’s First Friday Gallery Walk. The gallery is now at 76 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota. For more information, call (941) 914-8110 or visit MaraStudioGallery.com.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Choral Artists of Sarasota Present Veterans Day in Song , November 11, 1pm

Choral Artists of Sarasota presents the songs that brought hope and inspiration during military conflicts, from the Revolutionary War through Desert Storm. The featured guest artist is baritone Bob McDonald, a retired Sergeant Major from The US Army Chorus. The performance will be on Saturday, November 11, 1pm, at Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota. Tickets are $40 for guests and $25 for Veterans. Student tickets are $5. For more information, visit www.ChoralArtistsSarasota.org.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Hermitage Sunsets at Benderson Park , November 16, 5pm

The Hermitage Artist Retreat announces a newly developed partnership with Nathan Benderson Park as a part of the Hermitage’s 2023-2024 season. Expanding on the success of the Hermitage programming at Selby Gardens and other venues throughout the region, the new Hermitage Sunsets at Benderson Park series launches this year following a popular Hermitage program at the park last season. Each program in the Hermitage Sunsets at Benderson Park series will feature a celebrated Hermitage artist to be announced. The outdoor series features performances and explorations of works-in-progress by Hermitage artists-in-residence and alumni. Hermitage Sunsets at Benderson Park events are currently scheduled to take place by Benderson Lake near the Nathan Benderson Family Finish Tower. The first event in this series is scheduled for Thursday, November 16th at 5pm and will feature two of the most innovative voices working in theater today. Hermitage Sunsets at Benderson Park: Theater on the Lake showcases the talents of Hermitage Fellows Terry Guest and James Anthony Tyler. These two talents split the bill to share some of their latest work and discuss the creative process as the sun goes down over the lake. This first program in the new series is presented in partnership with Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, Urbanite Theatre, and Nathan Benderson Park Conservancy. Admission is free, but registration is required for $5 at HermitageArtistRetreat.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Nick Carter Fall Tour at Van Wezel , October 20, 8pm

Fresh off the success of another Backstreet Boys world tour, beloved pop icon Nick Carter is proud to bring his Who I Am U.S. fall tour to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Friday, October 20, 2023 at 8:00 p.m. The tour will mark Carter’s return to the stage as a solo artist after seven years, with the singer-songwriter set to perform tracks from his solo catalog–along with select Backstreet Boys favorites and new solo music–for audiences across the United States. I am so thrilled to embark on this new tour, says Nick Carter. The solo music I’ve released over the years has been a powerful outlet for me, an authentic expression of who I really am, and I look forward to sharing that with fans throughout this tour, while debuting new music and creating new memories together. Tickets start at $55 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. Groups of 10 or more should contact 941-263-6726.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Rick Springfield Returns to The Van Wezel , March 13, 7:30pm

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is excited to welcome Rick Springfield back to Sarasota on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $40 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. Groups of 10 or more should contact 941-263-6726.

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