Inventive puppetry enlivens this delightful, highly creative full-length ballet based on the classic Frances Hodgson Burnett book, which opens the Sarasota Ballet’s season with five performances at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. If you missed the world premiere in 2014, don’t make that same mistake!
The big outdoor music festival has moved to the bayfront lawn of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, and it’s added a Jazz on the Bay stage with national headliner Marion Meadows and his band, plus seven more local and regional jazz artists. Headlining the R&B stage are nationally recognized blues artists John Nemeth and Albert Castiglia. The festival is part of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County’s InspireSarasota! festivities, and proceeds benefit the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program and the Generoso Foundation.
Family fun at Selby Gardens, with trick-or-treating, pumpkin decorating, seed planting and, for older kids, a mad scientist experiment center. Michael’s On East is bringing out the grill for lunch fare, and an ice cream truck will be there, too. Details here.
As the witching hour approaches, one of the area’s biggest Halloween celebrations transforms St. Armands Circle with decorated storefronts, frightening creatures, trick or treating, a costume contest and, at 8 p.m., a performance of Thriller by the Sarasota High School drama department. Get the scoop on other area Halloween activities here.
In honor of Halloween, a one-night-only performance by the frightfully funny FST Improv of We’re Doomed, billed as “a fully improvised horror movie inspired by a title provided by the audience.” Fun.
The legendary rock ‘n’ roll band, Chicago, returns to the Van Wezel stage Monday night to ask the musical question, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It is?” with more hits from its 25 platinum-selling albums.
Through Nov. 5
Fresh from an intriguing run at the Ringling International Arts Festival, this play by Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour is never the same twice, since the actor who performs it receives instructions from the playwright only as he or she comes onstage. Learn more here.
Sarasota’s fourth annual MOD Weekend is Nov. 10-12, but festivities start early with a kickoff party Friday evening at the BOTA Center on Boulevard of the Arts in the Rosemary District. Ten Sarasota artists and architects, including Jean Blackburn, Jorge Blanco and Carl Abbott, will unveil 10 iconic Eames chairs that they have painted or somehow else made their own. The chairs then will be on display at Home Resource through MOD Weekend, when they will be auctioned off to benefit the Sarasota Architectural Foundation. Tickets to the kickoff party can be purchased here.