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What to Do in Sarasota: Oct. 15-21

New art shows at Ringling College, outdoor, indoor and virtual concerts, a Zoom book chat and more.

By Kay Kipling October 15, 2020


Pop culture art by frequent Mad Magazine contributor Jack Davis is back on the Ringling College campus.

Editor’s note: In-person events are subject to change. Please check before venturing out.

Ringling College Art Exhibitions

Oct. 19-Dec. 11

A quartet of shows in the galleries at Ringling College starts Monday. In the Patricia Thompson Alumni + Skylight Galleries: Regan Dunnick: Plum Bobs Ulysses, pt. 1. In the Richard and Barbara Basch Gallery: Sally Pettibon: Personal Geography. In the Lois and David Stulberg Gallery, illest of Illustration, featuring works by sophomores, juniors and seniors in the illustration department. Oh, and don’t forget the show of pop culture art by frequent Mad Magazine artist Jack Davis, in the campus’ newly rechristened Selby Gallery.

The Tams: Party on the Plaza

Oct. 17

CoolToday Park continues its outdoor concerts, with lots of space around attendees, with a performance by The Tams (“What Kind of Fool,” “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy”) delivering up their blend of beach music, R&B and smooth soul. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Concessions available, and parking is free; for tickets, head to, and for more info, call (941) 413-5000.

Bookstore1 Sarasota: Celebrating Elena Ferrante with Ann Goldstein

Oct. 20

My Brilliant Friend author Ferrante’s English translator, Ann Goldstein, and Michael Reynolds, editor in chief of Europa Editions, Ferrante’s publisher, will engage in a virtual conversation about her work via Zoom at 7 p.m. A ticket ($28) includes a copy of The Lying Life of Adults, Ferrante’s latest.

Choral Artists: Out of Adversity: Embracing Our Differences

Oct. 18

The works of well-known composers—Tchaikovsky, Barber, Schubert and others—are the focus of this virtual concert examining the adversity they encountered as gay composers. At 4 p.m.; for more info and tickets, go to

HD at the Opera House

Oct. 18

The Sarasota Opera House continues its film series offering opera and ballet performances with Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty, choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev, at 1:30 p.m. Polia Semionova stars as Princess Aurora in this production from Teatro alla Scala. Tickets $20; all seating reserved and distanced for safety. Go to or call (941) 328-1300.

Venice Theatre Cabaret: Moon River, the Songs of Johnny Mercer

Oct. 17 and 18

You’ll want to sing along to Mercer lyrics from hits like “Blues in the Night,” “Autumn Leaves” and “Laura,” but it’s probably best to let performer John Lariviere handle them, in this socially distanced concert in VT’s Jervey Theatre. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; visit for tickets.

Third Saturday Courtyard Market

Oct. 17

The Bazaar on Apricot and Lime (821 Apricot Ave.) hosts this outdoor event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with live music from Clint and Alyssa and vendors purveying honey, diffusers, CBD and more. Also: rescue dogs available for adoption.

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