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What to Do in Sarasota This Weekend

The Sarasota Ballet is back live, a cookbook talk, a new night market in the Rosemary District, dinosaur adventures and more.

By Kay Kipling October 21, 2021

The Sarasota Ballet kicks off its season this weekend with performances of a world premiere and Appalachian Spring.

Image: Frank Atura

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

The Sarasota Ballet: New World

Oct. 22-24

The ballet company leaps into its season with Martha Graham’s Appalachian Spring (set to music by Aaron Copland) and Sonatina, the world premiere of resident choreographer Ricardo Graziano’s latest piece, set to Antonin Dvorak’s Violin Sonatina in G Major, Op. 100. You can catch the live performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts; there are also matinees at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call (941) 359-0099 or visit

People of the Book Author Lecture Series: Jake Cohen

Oct. 26

Food writer Cohen is the next speaker up in this series presented by the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, at 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El. He’ll talk about his debut cookbook, Jew-Ish: A Cookbook—Reinvented Recipes From a Modern Mensch, and the discoveries he’s made that go beyond what most of us may think of as typical Jewish food. Check it out at

The Players Centre: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Oct. 22-23; Oct. 29-30

Travel back to the times of the Headless Horseman with Washington Irving’s classic spooky tale about schoolteacher Ichabod Crane, his innamorata Katrina and his rival Brom Bones with this family-friendly production. It’s the fifth annual production of the show, and this year it expands beyond its Oct. 22 and 23 dates at the Sarasota Polo Club (rain date Oct. 24) to add performances Oct. 29 and 30 at the Guptill House at Historic Spanish Point (no rain date there). To see if tickets remain, call (941) 365-2494, and bring your own chairs or blankets to the outdoor event. Learn more at

Venice Theatre: She Kills Monsters

Oct. 22-Nov. 7

Another family-friendly offering, Venice Theatre’s “Generations” Series presents this “Young Adventurers Edition” of Qui Nguyen’s play about high schooler Agnes Evans, who finds herself catapulted into a journey of discovery and adventure when she stumbles upon a Dungeons & Dragons notebook. Onstage at the Pinkerton Theatre; tickets on sale now, only at (941) 488-1115 or through; the box office is not open for walk-up business.

Bishop Museum: Dino Don’s DinoVenture

Opening Oct. 23

And still more family fun with this new exhibit at the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, where more than two dozen life-like dinosaurs roar into Bradenton. The animatronic creatures, designed by Don Lessem, the dinosaur adviser for Jurassic Park, breathe, blink and perform other—ahem—bodily functions, so bring the kids to hear their excited squeals. It’s an outdoor show, by the way. Find out more at

RADD Night Market

Oct. 21

This new evening market, in the Rosemary Art & Design District (hence the acronym RADD), takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight, Thursday, as well as the third Thursday of each month through April. Designed to be “loud, lively and creative,” the open-air market features vendors, art and live music (by local band DreamThing). It’s launched by Dream Large; for more details visit

Hermitage Sunsets @ Selby Gardens: Memoir of a Mime

Oct. 22

Mime-storyteller Bill Bowers, a Hermitage fellow, looks back on his career, sharing excerpts from his in-progress memoir and other writing and performance pieces. It's followed by a discussion and Q&A and begins at 6 p.m. at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens' downtown campus. Free with a $5 registration fee; sign up at

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