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Here Are the Best Things to Do in Sarasota This Month

A lineup of exhibits, concerts, plays and more to catch during November.

By Kay Kipling November 1, 2021

Kurimoto Natsuki's The Dual Sun, part of The Ringling's Hard Bodies exhibition.


Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College

Remaining on view here through Nov. 14: Charles McGill: In the Rough. Coming Nov. 26 through April 2 is Judith Linhares: The Artist as Curator. 309-4300;

Ringling College of Art and Design Galleries

Shows running through Dec. 10 on the campus are Lee Mayers’ Landscapes (Patricia Thompson + Skylight Galleries), Illest of Ill, a student illustration show (Willis Smith Gallery); Newtown Alive (Basch Gallery); and POW! The Comic Art of Mike Zeck from the Costas Collection, pt. 1 (Stulberg Gallery). Also at downtown’s PS340 space: War Paint, Profiles of Courage, Nov. 1-Dec. 10. 359-7563;

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

On view here now is Hard Bodies, the first-ever comprehensive exhibition of contemporary Japanese lacquer sculpture, with works drawn from the Clark Collections at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Through Jan. 23. Nov. 14 through Feb. 23, catch Rhodnie Desir: Conservations in Motion. And opening Nov. 21 (through Aug. 13, 2023) is as long as there is sun. as long as there is light. Selections from the Bring Gift and the Ringling Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art. 359-5700;

Arcadian Broad and Samantha Benoit in The Sarasota Ballet's Summertide, by Sir Peter Wright.

Image: Frank Atura


De Paso

Sara Perez and Ruben Puertas team with four musicians for this new work in the art of flamenco, through Nov. 3 in The Ringling’s performance series. 360-7399;


A new outdoor production by female-led company Mimre, bringing a blend of dance, theater and circus to The Ringling’s performance series, Nov. 18-21. 360-7399;

The Sarasota Ballet

Sir Peter Wright’s Summertide and Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs combine for this month’s program, Nov. 19 and 20 at the Sarasota Opera House. 359-0099;


Selby Gardens’ Orchid Show

The annual show, highlighting both orchids and the circus in Aerialists from the Tree Top to the Big Top! continues through Nov. 28 at the downtown campus. 366-5731;

Sarasota Medieval Fair

Yes, the weekends of tournaments, food, and just overall medieval madness are back this season, this time at a new location: Woods of Mallaranny, 29847 FL-70 E in Myakka City. The fair takes place rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Nov. 6-28. For ticket info, call (888) 303-3247 or head to

MOD Weekend

Architecture Sarasota pays tribute to visionary Philip Hanson Hiss at this year’s MOD, which offers talks, tours, parties and more Nov. 12-14. For tickets, go to

Siesta Key Crystal Classic

The international sand sculpting festival returns to Siesta Beach, Nov. 12-15, with two dozen master sculptors competing for first place honors. Also part of the event: live music, food and drink vendors and an amateur sculpting competition. Check it all out at

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

The family holiday stage spectacular returns to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29. 263-6799;

Violinist SooBeen Lee, performing for Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota.

Image: Matt Dine


The Silken Ladder

This Rossini one-act comic opera about a secret husband and would-be lovers who scale a ladder into and out of a lady’s room is the Sarasota Opera’s fall offering, with performances continuing Nov. 3, 9, 11 and 13. 328-1300;

Sarasota Orchestra

“Portraits in Sound” is the theme for the first in the orchestra’s Masterworks series, featuring Guarnieri’s Festive Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Nov. 5, 6 and 7 at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Violinist Blake Pouliot guests and Marcelo Lehninger conducts. 953-3434;

Choral Artists of Sarasota

The Choral Artists Chamber Chorus presents a concert version of Leonard Bernstein’s popular On the Town musical, Nov. 7 at the Riverview Performing Arts Center. 387-4900;

SooBeen Lee/Dina Vainshtein

Violinist Lee and pianist Vainshtein team, in an Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota concert, at 4 p.m. Nov. 7 at Temple Sinai. On the program: works by Schubert, Debussy, Suk and Russian composer Igor Frolov. 306-1200;

An Evening with Bruce Hornsby

The multitalented singer, songwriter and pianist pays a visit to the Van Wezel, at 8 p.m. Nov. 11. 263-6799;

Straight No Chaser: Back in the High Life

The a cappella group returns to the Van Wezel, at 8 p.m. Nov. 12. 263-6799;

Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock and Roll

Cast your musical memories back over the past five (or six) decades with this show, onstage at 8 p.m. Nov. 18 at Van Wezel. 263-6799;

The Venice Symphony

The orchestra opens its season at the Venice Performing Arts Center with “Brahms and the Boys,” featuring Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, along with works by Haydn and Smetana. Nov. 19 and 20. 207-8822;

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis

The New Age music ensemble rings in the holidays in its own fashion, at 8 p.m. Nov. 20 at Van Wezel. 263-6799;

America: 50th Anniversary Tour

More musical memories, this time from the band known for hits like “Sister Golden Hair,” “Horse with No Name” and more. At 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at Van Wezel. 263-6799;

Key Chorale: Sheer Grace

The vocal ensemble teams with The Sarasota Ballet’s Studio Company and trainees for a program featuring Eric Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs and Good Night Moon, John Rutter’s Magnificat and more, at 4 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Sarasota Opera House. 921-4845;

Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2021

Accompanying Koz for this season’s holiday concert tour are Jonathan Butler, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot and Rebecca Jade. At 8 p.m. Nov. 30 at Van Wezel. 263-6799;

Jimmy Lewis, Michael Sean Perrie Jr. and Armando Gutierrez in FST's Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.

Image: John Jones



Continuing onstage at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe through Nov. 21 is this celebration of the songs of Eubie Blake, including “I’m Just Wild About Harry.” 366-1505;

At the Wake of a Dead Drag Queen

This Terry Guest play, laden with humor and choreography, celebrates the life of a late rural Georgia drag star as it opens Urbanite Theatre’s season, continuing through Dec. 5. 321-1397;

 The Great American Trailer Park Musical

This musical comedy, set in the town of Starke, Florida, has been a huge hit for Venice Theatre in the past, not once, not twice, but three times.’s back on the mainstage through Nov. 28. 488-1115;


Playwright Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins reimagines the classic morality play Everyman for a modern audience, on stage in an FSU/Asolo Conservatory production in the Cook Theatre, Nov. 2-21. 351-8000;

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

The true and music-packed life story of the late great Buddy Holly opens Florida Studio Theatre’s mainstage season starting Nov. 3. 366-9000;


Take a look at this musical by William Finn, about a man who leaves his wife and son to be with his lover, Whizzer, Nov. 3-14 in the Players Centre’s Studio 1130 space at The Crossings at Siesta Key. 365-2494;

Friends in Low Places

The music of country artists like Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert and George Strait powers this revue, opening Nov. 17 in FST’s Goldstein Cabaret. 366-9000;

Assisted Living The Musical: The Home for the Holidays

Another musical comedy, mixing retirement, Christmas, Hanukkah and more, onstage at Venice Theatre’s Stage 2 Nov. 19-Dec. 19. 488-1115;


The great original rock “tribal” musical, directed and choregraphed by Josh Rhodes, is set to open Asolo Rep’s season with performances Nov. 20 through Jan. 1. Let the sun shine! 351-8000;

Come from Away

Long postponed due to Covid, this musical set in a small Canadian town welcoming flight passengers rerouted on 9/11 is now set to run Nov. 23-28 at Van Wezel. 263-6799;

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