Things to Do

What to Do in Sarasota: Nov. 25-Dec. 2

An outdoor photo exhibit, last chance to see orchids, Zoom talks and more.

By Kay Kipling November 25, 2020

Area photographer Joyce P. Lopez's work, like this image of clouds from her Between Heavens and Earth series, can be seen at the Photoville FENCE at Nathan Benderson Park.

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

Photoville FENCE

Now through February 2021

With a little extra time to get out over the Thanksgiving holiday, why not take a peek at this outdoor exhibit at Nathan Benderson Park? The annual public photography project is scheduled in major parks and downtowns across North America and typically features the work of more than 90 photographers along hundreds of yards of scrim. Some topics: people, streets, play, creatures, home, food and nature. And our local show includes a showcase of seven Florida photographers as well. Free, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, at the upper finish tower parking lot.

Arts Advocates’ Speaking of the Arts

Dec. 2

This arts series continues via Zoom with artist Judith Levine and poet Jeanne Marie Beaumont, who will talk about their experience collaborating on a public art project for Art in Common Places, which was founded in February by Sarasota residents Cynthia Burnell, Leslie Butterfield and Teresa Carson. Free, at 1 p.m.; registration required at

Selby Gardens’ 45th Anniversary Orchid Show

Through Nov. 29

This week is your last chance to catch this exhibit, titled Women Breaking the Glasshouse Ceiling, which celebrates gardens founder Marie Selby and female botanists who’ve worked at the gardens over the years, along with the 100th anniversary of women receiving the right to vote. Orchid displays in the Tropical Conservatory; orchid-related treasures in the Museum of Botany and the Arts. An orchid display at companion campus Historic Spanish Point also honors Mrs. Bertha Palmer. For more, visit

Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee: The Extraordinary UnOrdinary You

Nov. 30

Simone Knego, author of the new book mentioned above, takes viewers, via Zoom, inside her journey and the moments that have shaped her life and her mission as a serial entrepreneur. The event promises some laugh-out-loud moments along with its lessons. At 7 p.m.; register here.

Strings Con Brio Goes to the Theatre

Dec. 3

OK, this old-fashioned drive-in movie concert at Phillippi Estate Park isn’t until next Thursday, but you’ll want to get your tickets now instead of at the last minute. Soprano Samone Hicks will deliver some Gershwin tunes along with Broadway and movie ballads, and the SCB orchestra will play hits from TV and the silver screen including “Seventy-Six Trombones.” Two shows, at 6 p.m. and again at 8 p.m.; check it out at

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