Arts on the Horizon!

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Complied by Jaye Clements

Let’s headline with this month’s sure to please “RIAF” Ringling International Arts Festival! Theringling Festival has quite an impressive line-up this year… (See the link below RIAF – Oct 15 to 18) There’s something for the whole family to take in, like Intergalactic – Nemesis a ticket to the show includes admission to the museum and the beautiful grounds, including the new children’s play area.  What a wonderful way to spend the day with family & friends!

The Ringling has been developing and expanding as a center for Art Education.  Ringling’s mission to educate, inspire and entertain the next generation is commendable.  The David F. Bolger Playspace is a great way to draw families to the impressive grounds of the Ringling… Enjoy a day by the lovely Bayfront surrounded by awe-inspiring beauty.  Take a stroll along the Banyon bordered walkways.  Breath in the aroma of the captivating Rose Garden, dotted with charming sculptures.  Can you imagine the interest developed in a young child’s mind for the arts?  Top that off with some performances at RIAF and you’ll have an impressed young audience that will return year after year, ensuring a lifetime of art appreciation!  What better way to bring future generations to the Ringling…

Here’s our Arts listing for this month in Sarasota!

October 1, 8pm – Peter Hampton at the Van Wezel

October 2 to 12, 2pm & 7:30pm – The Glass Menagerie – at the Players Theatre.

October 2, 7pm – A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Asolo (Cook Theatre) – Shakespeare – A romantic comedy geared toward a younger audience.  Performed by 3rd year conservatory students.  Student performers will be touring schools and other venues through November as part of an outreach and actor training production. pic2

October 2 & 5 – The Girl of the Golden West | Puccini – at the Sarasota Opera House.  Enjoy the new HD with performances from around the world on the big screen at the Sarasota Opera House.

October 3, 6pm – 9 pm“Live from Downtown – It’s Friday Nights!” Street performers on Main Street at 5 Points Park & Palm Avenue. Free!

October 3, 6pm – 9 pm  Music on Main – Lakewood Ranch – First Friday of every month.  Beer, wine & food.  Check out the fountain area for the kids! Bring your own chair, no coolers allowed. Lakewood Ranch (off University Parkway east of I-75) Free!

October 4 & 5, 10am – 5pm  Annual Downtown Sarasota Art & Craft Festival.  Downtown Sarasota at Orange & Main. Free.

October 4 – 26, every weekend 10am to 5pm Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Festival featuring arts & crafts for sale, hay rides, pony rides, pumpkin painting, face painting, mini train rides, a petting zoo and more. Free. 7410 Fruitville Road, Sarasota (east of I-75)

October 5 – Fall Music Series at Selby House Café Lauren Mitchell Band, Oct. 12 – Missing Links, Oct. 19 – Jubilation Brass, Oct. 26 – Tommy Rox and Friends 1pm to 3pm – Selby Gardens.

October 5, 7am to 3pm – Annual Antique Collector Car Show. Free. Centennial Park, downtown Venice.

October 5, 12, 19, 26 – 2pm – Ski-A-Rees. Free. Waterski performance. 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway, behind Mote Marine Aquarium by the water.Jackie WCBTT

October 6, 8pm – The Eve of Jackie – The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will kick off its 15-year anniversary with a one-night performance with a musical tribute to Jackie Wilson at the Van Wezel

October 10, 17, 24, 31 – 2pm to 4pm “Jazz at Two” featuring Eddie Tobin. $12. 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. For more information call 941 366-1552.

October 10, 7pm Friday Night Free Music with Blue Star at the Gazebo in Centennial Park, downtown Venice. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. Free.

October 12 at 4pm – Chamber Soiree 2 – Sarasota Orchestra featuring Bharat Chandra on Clarinet at Holley Hall.

October 15 to 18  RIAF – The Annual Ringling International Arts Festival. Four Days of Music, Dance & Theater!

The opening night performance will include a champagne toast at 6 pm, one opening night performance at 7 pm choose from The Pedrito Martinez Group, Tangram, Duo Amal: Bishara Haroni and Yaron Kohlberg.  Admission to the Courtyard will begin at 8pm. At 8:45pm Bolero Sarasota, a choreographic performance with more than 50 area dancers.  The Courtyard celebration will include fireworks, hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, soda and cash bar.

Be sure to stop by in between afternoon performances at the Gatehouse Patio at 3pm for Gatehouse gatherings (engage in interesting conversation with other patrons) The Gatehouse area is included with RIAF admission…

October 15, 16, 17, 18 – Twilight Zone – Great Escape at Holley Hall – Sarasota Orchestra

October 15 to November 16 – Little Shop of Horrors at the West Coast Black Theatre Troupe –

October 16, 8pm – Martina McBride at the Van WezelMartina McBride

October 16, 2pm & 8pm – Breaking out in Ives – at the Players Theatre – comedy.

October 16, 5pm to 10pm – Main Street Live.  Downtown Street Party takes place on Historic Old Main Street in Bradenton with live music from Kim Betts and Gamble Creek Band.  Third  Thursday of each month the event features live entertainment, food vendors, arts & crafts.

October 16 & 17, 5pm to 8pm – Jazz Sunsets on the Bay – Bayfront Gardens at the Ringling Museum – Free with regular Museum Admission, Art After 5 Admission or your RIAF ticket stub.  Food & beverages will be available for purchase.

October 17, 8pm – Lyle Lovett at the Van Wezel

October 17, 6pm to 9pm“Live from Downtown Sarasota – It’s Friday Night!” Live entertainment at Towles Court (Adams & Washington) at Burns Square (South Pineapple Ave area) Local entertainers, musicians and performing arts groups.Taste of St. Armands

October 17, 5:30pm – 8:30pm. Enjoy the jazzy sounds of Eirinn Abu at The Taste of St. Armand’s Circle with tantalizing tastes from area restaurants.

October 17, 5pm to 10pm & Oct. 18, 10am to 10pm. Annual Anna Maria Island Bayfest. Kickoff Party is Friday! Saturday features continuous live music and a Classic & Vintage Car Show, “Taste of the Island” food court, beer, wine & rum drinks. Anna Maria Island: on the corner of Pine Avenue and South Bay Boulevard across from City Pier.  Saturday an area of Pine Avenue will close for the event.  This event will raise money for 3 college scholarships given to HS students entering into a business career.  There will be many non-profits on hand.  Live music will include: Koko Ray, Uncle John’s, Saturday’s music will include: Can’t Turn Left, Soulr Coaster, Scott’s Garage, Kettle of Fish, the Dr Dave band “the resurrection”  A Manatee trolley will be available to pick up at Cross Point Fellowship at Gulf Drive Marina & Gulf Ave.  Free!

October 18, 7pm – Shining Night – A Portrait of a Composer – Morten Lauridsen – Screening & Sarasota Choral Festival

October 18 – 20, 5pm – 10pm. Annual Sun Fiesta takes place in Historic Downtown Venice on west Venice Ave in Centennial Park.  Saturday events include morning bed races at 9am, then a 10am Parade, at 12:30pm, The Miss Sun Fiesta Pageant.  Sunday 9am to 7pm.  Boy Scout breakfast from 9am to 11am.  There will be arts & crafts, a children’s bounce house, games, live music and more. Free.

October 19, 7pm.  Annual Sarasota’s Got Talent Finals.  Singers, dancers, comedians and more will perform. Sarasota Military Academy, 801 N. Orange Ave. Sarasota.

October 24, 6pm to 9pm “Live from Downtown Sarasota – It’s Friday Night!” Live entertainment at the Rosemary District & Historic Downtown Village. Local entertainers, musicians and performing arts groups in live street performances. Downtown Sarasota, the Rosemary District area is located off Tamiami Trail, Orange Avenue, 3rd and 10th Streets.

October 24, 7pm – Friday Night Free Music with Al Fuller performing at the Gazebo in Centennial Park in downtown Venice. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. Free.

October 24, 6:30pm to 9:30pm – Artists at Work “An Evening in Paris” at the Art Center in Sarasota

October 24 to 26 – Will Tuckett’s The Secret Garden – The Sarasota Ballet at FSU Center for Performing Arts yun

October 27, 7:30pm – SHEN YUN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at the Van Wezel

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