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Your Top 9 Things to Do: Nov. 1-7

Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen at the Van Wezel, Cine-World Festival begins, a free Wild About Nature family fest and more.

By Ilene Denton November 1, 2018

A scene from FST's production of Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Nov. 7-Dec. 30

Killer laughs are promised when Florida Studio Theatre presents the madcap Tony Award-winning Best Musical about a low-born Englishman who discovers he’s in line to inherit a title—and will do anything to make it happen. Broadway actor Jimmy Nicholas (Book of Mormon) plays Monty Navarro and all eight of his doomed relatives.


Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen

An Evening with Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen

Nov. 6

The Van Wezel presents a night of memorable music-making with a Texas twang. Read our interview with Lyle Lovett here.


"Hairy" by Grace Chon

Image: Grace Chon

The Fence 2018 

Nov. 2-Jan. 31

The largest juried outdoor public photo exhibition in North America comes to Nathan Benderson Park with compelling photographs illustrating the people, places and things that make up our world.  


 Cine-World Festival 

Nov. 2-11

Be among the first to see 32 new feature films and documentaries at this annual movie-thon, presented by the Sarasota Film Society at its Burns Court and Lakewood Ranch Cinemas. Plan your festival here.


The cast of Arcadia.


Thru Nov. 18

FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training opens its season with Tom Stoppard’s elegant play about a young genius and her private tutor who set into motion an epic game of lost-and-found, caught between two centuries.


Anu Tali

Sarasota Orchestra: Legends

Nov. 2-4

Tchaikovsky’s beloved Violin Concerto and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 are the legends that highlight the Sarasota Orchestra’s opening Masterworks concerts of the season. Anu Tali conducts, with guest soloist Russian virtuoso Sergei Dogadin, top prize winner at the 2011 Tchaikovsky competition.



The Capitol Steps

The Capitol Steps

Nov. 7

Talk about timing: the political comedy troupe (is that an oxymoron?) returns to the Van Wezel right after the midterm election with its satirical slant on the headlines of the day.


Wild About Nature Fall Family Festival

Nov. 3

The Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast invites everybody to its beautiful Bay Preserve in Osprey for this fun, free day of nature-themed activities.


The Little Sweep

Sarasota Youth Opera presents The Little Sweep

Nov. 3-4

 A cast of 90 talented singers age 8 to 18 perform Benjamin Britten’s lovely operatic tale about a beleaguered young chimney sweep who’s saved by a group of kind children. Don’t be misled by “Youth Opera”; this is a lavish full-scale production, and all lighting, costumes, sets, scenery, props, wigs and makeup are provided by the professional staff of Sarasota Opera.

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Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen

$37-$87 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Presented by the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.



FSU Center for the Performing Arts

The FSU/ Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training opens its season with the Tom Stoppard play.

Classical Music

Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks 1: Legends

From $34 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

The Sarasota Orchestra opens its Masterworks season with a program featuring the legendary Tchaikovsky violin concerto.


The Capitol Steps

$17-$47 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

The political satire troupe brings Orange is the New Barack to the Van Wezel stage.


Wild About Nature Fall Family Festival

Free Bay Preserve

Enjoy a family day of nature activities and crafts on the shores of Little Sarasota Bay at Bay Preserve.


"The Little Sweep"

Sarasota Opera House

A Sarasota Youth Opera production.