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Your Top 7 Things to Do: Nov. 17-23

The Asolo Rep season opens with Guys and Dolls, Lindy on the Lawn at Historic Spanish Point, and lots more.

By Ilene Denton November 17, 2016

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Opening Nov. 18

Guys and Dolls

The Asolo Rep continues its tradition of opening its season with a blockbuster musical, and what better choice this year than the laugh-a-minute Frank Loesser classic set in Damon Runyon-land. It stars Cole Burden and Chris Hoch as gamblers Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit, Audrey Cardwell as Salvation Army doll Sarah Brown, and Veronica Kuehn as the sniffles-plagued Miss Adelaide. Everybody now, “I’ve got a horse right here, the name is Paul Revere…” Through Jan. 1. asolorep.org

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Nov. 19

Lindy on the Lawn at Historic Spanish Point

The good folks at Historic Spanish Point took a cue from the hugely popular Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island in New York and are bringing its founder, Michael Aranella, and his Dreamland Orchestra to the Point Saturday afternoon for Lindy on the Lawn. Don your best ’20s attire and your dance shoes (dance instructors will be on hand), play badminton or croquet on the beautiful Historic Spanish Point grounds, eat, drink and take a boat tour on the Magic. Fun. historicspanishpoint.org    

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Nov. 18-20

Sarasota Ballet presents Balanchine, Ashton & Tudor

The Sarasota Orchestra joins the Sarasota Ballet for its weekend performances at the Opera House, featuring works by choreographic giants George Balanchine, Sir Frederick Ashton and Antony Tudor. Live music at the ballet, how wonderful; and wonderful, too, that a Sunday matinee has been added due to popular demand. sarasotaballet.org


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Nov. 19

Venice Blues Festival

This blues fest at Maxine Barritt Park keeps getting better and bluesier every year. The headliner is Louisiana-born Lazy Lester, whose songs have been covered by everyone from The Kinks to Dwight Yoakam to The Fabulous Thunderbirds; and, at 83, he remains as versatile as ever on guitar, harmonica and bass. Also performing are Chris Thomas King, Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones, Lisa Ridings and Robert Sampson. The fest gets under way at 11 a.m. and continues until 6 p.m.; a Venice Blues Crawl takes place downtown Friday night, sponsored by Venice Main Street. www.veniceblues.com

Nov. 19

Rosemary Indie Market

If you haven’t ventured north of Fruitville Road into the Rosemary District lately, boy, are you in for a surprise. The neighborhood’s jumping with new construction. This Saturday, and the third Saturday of each month, local artists, farmers, entertainers, food purveyors and vintage clothiers and furniture sellers gather for the Rosemary Indie Market on Cohen Way. Take a look. rosemaryindiemarket.com 

Nov. 19 and 26

FST presents The Velveteen Rabbit

Florida Studio Theatre has a new Children’s Theatre Series, and it kicks off this weekend with The Velveteen Rabbit, based on Margery Williams’ timeless tale of a bunny that longs to be real. floridastudiotheatre.org

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Thanksgiving Weekend at the Van Wezel

No A&E Insider e-newsletter next week, but we couldn’t not mention several big shows Thanksgiving weekend at the Van Wezel: jazzman Dave Koz Nov. 25, comedian Daniel Tosh Nov. 26 and Melissa Etheridge Nov. 27 vanwezel.org

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