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Oct. 9

Artist Series Concerts: Piano Grand

Prepare for a piano explosion Sunday afternoon when Artist Series Concerts kicks off its season at the Opera House with five acclaimed pianists—Don Bryn, Joseph Holt, Andrew Lapp, Rich Ridenour and Jonathan Spivey—performing together on five Steinway pianos works by composers like Bizet, Rimsky-Korsakov and Scott Joplin. As Holt, the series’ new director of artistic programs, says, “Let the cacophony begin!”

Oct. 8

A Taste of St. Armands

More than 19 St. Armands restaurants are bringing their A game to this seventh annual celebration Sunday evening in St. Armands Circle Park. Live music, a mojito bar and local microbreweries will be there, too. $45 in advance; $55 at the door.

Oct. 7-8

Caroline Rhea -CANCELED DUE TO HURRICANE MATTHEW

Funnywoman Caroline Rhea swings into town for four shows Friday and Saturday nights at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre. You know her from her HBO and Comedy Central specials, and for her longtime role on The WB’s Sabrina the Teenage Witch. mccurdyscomedy.com

Oct. 9-Nov. 13

Selby Gardens’ Fall Garden Music Series

Jazz standards, Latin-inspired rhythms and original compositions will fill the air Sunday afternoon when the popular Fall Garden Music Series resumes under the banyan trees at beautiful Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Check out the complete series lineup at here.

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Opening Oct. 7

FST Cabaret presents Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves

Shades of Cher here as Florida Studio Theatre kicks off its fall cabaret season with this musical salute to fierce female vocalists like Tina Turner, Reba McIntire, Peggy Lee and the Goddess of Pop herself.  

Oct. 8-9

BMX Supercross World Cup

Ready for some world-class BMX biking? (Watching it, we mean, not participating.) The world’s best BMX racers, including newly crowned Olympic champions, will race for the World Cup title at the BMX Supercross World Cup Saturday and Sunday at the newly renovated Sarasota BMX track, 1590 N. Tuttle Ave. Tickets are now on sale at sarasotabmxsx.com.  

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Oct. 7-Nov. 11

Old Florida: A 21st Century Interpretation

This intriguing exhibit of paintings by noted local artists Tim Jaeger, Joseph Arnegger and Tom Stephens (whose Blue Bird is shown here) kicks off with a meet-the-artist reception Friday evening at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts