By Kay Kipling November 1, 2011


Longboat Key Center for the Arts. The Petticoat Painters exhibition Provocative Petticoats continues through Nov. 10 in the Durante Gallery, with Fresh Paints from three Ringling College illustration grads on view through Dec. 15 in the Cultural Media Room. Opening Nov. 18 to run through Dec. 15: the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society juried show. 383-2345.

Ringling Museum of Art. Continuing on view here through Jan. 29 is The Amazing American Circus Poster: The Strobridge Lithographing Company, 1878-1939. Zimoun, featuring the mechanized kinetic sculptures of that Swiss artist, remains on view through Jan. 8; Josef Albers: Colors, an exhibit of color studies, continues through Jan. 16. Opening Nov. 19: From the Vaults: John Ringling’s Asian Art, showcasing a varied selection of arts from that continent. 359-5700.

Art Center Sarasota. Material Matters: New and Innovative Materials fills Gallery 2 here Nov. 3 through Dec. 31, with works of Sarasota architect Mark Weston in Gallery 1, an encaustic exhibition in Gallery 3, and an open, juried, all-media Material World exhibit in Gallery 4. 365-2032.

Selby Gallery. The gallery presents Fairy Tale Art: Illustrations from Children’s Books Nov. 4 through Dec. 9, including such contemporary artists as Barry Moser, Susan Paradis, Demi and Kunuko Y. Craft. Opening reception 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 4. 359-7563.

Galleria Silecchia. On view: abstract mixed media works on aluminum by Paul Tamanian and original oils by Joe McFadden, Nov. 4-30. 365-7414.

St. Armands Art Festival. More than 175 artists and craftsmen display original work Nov. 12 and 13 in St. Armands Circle Park. 388-1554.

Sarasota Season of Sculpture. The biennial exhibition of large-scale sculpture returns to Sarasota’s downtown bayfront, Nov. 11 through May 15. 951-2541.



Capitol Steps. Based on recent and current news from Washington, the comedy troupe should have plenty of political material to work with in their latest stop in town, at 8 p.m. Nov. 3 at Van Wezel. 953-3368.

Bob Saget. Family-friendly TV star Saget brings his more adult-oriented standup act to the Van Wezel with a program “Rated R-ish,” at 8 p.m. Nov. 19. 953-3368.



Sarasota Ballet. The company teams with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet to present Balanchine’s classic Diamonds, Nov. 18 at Van Wezel. Also on the program: Sir Frederick Ashton’s The Two Pigeons. 359-0099 ext. 101.



Cine-World Film Festival. Get your tickets, your popcorn and your caffeine to work your way through the dozens of films from around the world that make up this year’s Sarasota Film Society festival, Nov. 11-20 at Burns Court Cinema. 364-8662.



Bookstore 1 Sarasota. The downtown bookstore has several events planned this month, including a reading/signing from Edgar Allan Poe Award winner Lynne Barrett Nov. 1; composer Francis Schwartz discussing his book Concert Life in Puerto Rico, Nov. 2; “Ask Amy” advice columnist Amy Dickinson Nov. 3; poet John Hoppenthaler, Nov. 6; “poet of the Jewish experience” Phil Terman, Nov. 9; and writers Johanna Moran (Nov. 16), Tayari Jones (Nov. 18) and Sara Marx (Nov. 29). Some events require tickets; for full details call 365-7900 or go to

Penguin Party. Welcome those black-footed penguins to Mote Aquarium with this family-friendly event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 5. Games, crafts and entertainment. 388-4441.

Hispanic Festival. All-day event at 3930 17th St. to benefit the St. Jude Church/Hispanic-American Center. Live music, kids’ activities, Latin-American food booths and more. Free admission. 955-3934.

Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition. Maybe you’ll get some ideas for crafting your own sandcastles from the 24 master sculptors competing at this second annual event, Nov. 10-14 on Siesta Key Beach. 349-3800 or

Holidays at the Crosley: Festival of Trees. Get your holiday spirits in high gear with this eight-day fest complete with a gingerbread house contest, model train display, afternoon teas, many decorated Christmas trees, and much more, Nov. 30 through Dec. 7. 704-4366.



Madama Butterfly. Asako Tamura and Rafael Davila start in Puccini’s classic about the doomed Butterfly, through Nov. 15 at the Sarasota Opera House. 328-1300.

Huey Lewis & The News. Longtime Lewis fans will feel the Power of Love in this concert stop on his Soulsville Tour, Nov. 1 at Van Wezel. 953-3368.

Jessica Mathaes. Violinist Mathaes plays works by Korngold, Franck and Vaughan Williams in an Artist Series Concert Nov. 1 at the Historic Asolo Theater. 360-7399.

Sarasota Orchestra Chamber Soiree. This small ensemble concert features works by Turner, Maslanka and Schumann, Nov. 3 at Holley Hall. 953-3434.

Sarasota Blues Fest. The 21st annual fest takes place Nov. 5 on a site directly across from Ed Smith Stadium. Headliners Los Lobos are joined by 2011 Grammy Award nominee Ryan Shaw, Shaun Murphy, Lightnin’ Malcolm and child prodigies Mike Imbasciani and Alex Shaw. Gates open 11 a.m. (855) 292-5837 or

Audra McDonald. Four-time Tony winner McDonald (and recent Private Practice costar) brings her soprano voice and star power to the Van Wezel, at 7 p.m. Nov. 6. 953-3368.

Benise: The Spanish Guitar. Nights of Fire star Benise and his ensemble guest once more at the Van Wezel, at 8 p.m. Nov. 9. 953-3368.

Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks. Michael Stern conducts and cellist Julian Schwarz guests for the season’s opening concerts Nov. 11, 12 and 13. On the program: Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony Nov. 4. 953-3434.

Key Chorale. The choral ensemble presents Britten’s cantata Saint Nicolas, Nov. 12 at the Neel Performing Arts Center. 921-4845.

Di Wu. The Chinese-born pianist performs works by Debussy, Ravel and Gounod-Liszt in concerts Nov. 13 and 15 at the Historic Asolo Theater. An Artist Series Concert. 360-7399.

Dave Koz and Friends. It’s beginning to seem like it wouldn’t be Christmas without sax man Koz and his holiday concert, this time featuring fellow musicians Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler and Candy Dulfer. At 8 p.m. Nov. 26 at Van Wezel. 953-3368.



Seussical. The Players’ production of this musical version of interlocking Dr. Seuss stories has been extended through Nov. 6; call 365-2494.

Jerry’s Girls. Broadway composer Jerry Herman, his hits and the stars who appeared in them all receive their due in this musical revue, onstage through Nov. 13 at the Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre. 748-5875.

That’s Life Again. A world premiere show from Florida Studio Theatre’s Richard Hopkins, Rebecca Hopkins and Jim Prosser continues as the opener of the theater’s cabaret season, through Dec. 25. 366-9000.

The Brothers Karamazov. It takes the entire second-year FSU/Asolo Conservatory class to tackle Dostoyevsky’s epic tale of brothers struggling with issues of family and religion, Nov. 1-20, opening the Cook Theatre season. 351-8000.

Big River. Take a trip down the mighty Mississippi with Huck Finn and Jim in this Roger Miller musical, onstage at Venice Theatre Nov. 1-27. 488-1115.

Next to Normal. The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama (also a Tony winner for Best Musical Score) about a family troubled by mental illness makes its area premiere Nov. 2 through Jan. 2 on Florida Studio Theatre’s mainstage. 366-9000.

Radio Gals. A quintet of singer/musicians entertains a small town with their 1920s radio show in this musical comedy by Mike Craver and Mark Hardwick. Onstage in Venice Theatre’s cabaret series Nov. 4-27. 488-1115.

Peter Pan. Cathy Rigby flies high once more as the boy who wouldn’t grow up in a touring production at the Straz Center in Tampa, Nov. 8-13. (813) 229-7827.

Cheerful Little Earful. Get into the songs of Harry Warren (Lullaby of Broadway, You’ll Never Know and many more) with this revue at the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre Nov. 15-27. 366-5454.

My Fair Lady. The much beloved Lerner-Loewe musical adaptation of Shaw’s Pygmalion receives a new production to begin the Asolo Rep’s mainstage season, Nov. 18 through Dec. 23. 351-8000.

In the Heights. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s acclaimed musical about life in New York’s Dominican-American neighborhood of Washington Heights makes its Sarasota premiere Nov. 27 at Van Wezel. 953-3368. n


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The Cancer Support Community’s Night of Hope Gala, “Over the Moon,” is Nov. 11 at The Ritz.

Nov. 3-5

Wine, Women and Shoes

Forty Carrots Family Center invites you to a celebration of high-fashion shoes, fabulous food and wine, and the wonderful women who support quality parenting education programs in our community. Nov. 3 – Private VIP Patron Winemaker Reception. Nov. 4 – Signature Luncheon at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota: Wine tasting, gourmet lunch, shoe and accessory shopping, Neiman Marcus fashion show. Nov. 5 – Winemaker dinners at fabulous homes and exclusive clubs.


Nov. 6

Brunch on the Bay

Hundreds of community leaders from both counties gather on the Powel Crosley Mansion bayfront to raise money for USF Sarasota-Manatee’s scholarships, and to enjoy brunch fare from some of the area’s best restaurants. Join us!


Nov. 6

Celebrating promises kept and dreams fulfilled...


The Glasser-Schoenbaum Human Services Center honors a giant of philanthropy, Betty Schoenbaum, with a sumptuous dinner, surprise entertainment and a proclamation from Sarasota County proclaiming Nov. 6 as Betty Schoenbaum Day. Well deserved!


Nov. 7

Asolo Rep Starry Night Dinner Series

The first of four exclusive dinners at beautiful Sarasota locales, each themed to an Asolo Rep production. Fine wines, exquisite foods and exciting entertainment by Asolo Rep performers. Nov. 7, Jan. 21, Feb. 23 and April 2. Details at


Nov. 10

Ringling College Annual Fall Golf Tourney

Tee up at the Longboat Key Club & Resort Harbourside course for a great cause: the students and programs of the Ringling College of Art and Design. To register, visit


Nov. 11

Cancer Support Community Night of Hope Gala

An elegant evening at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota with a twist: Instead of silent and live auctions, each gala-goer will receive a free draw ticket with the opportunity to win such exciting prizes as a $15,000 shopping spree or a Harley Davidson motorcycle. “Over the Moon” is the theme.


Nov. 15

National Philanthropy Day Luncheon

Saluting the generous people and hard-working nonprofit organizations that make us the “City with a Big Heart.” Presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals SW Florida chapter. Call (941) 921-5410 to reserve your space.


Nov. 18 – Dec. 23

Asolo Repertory Theatre My Fair Lady

The musical by which all others are measured, featuring some of the most unforgettable songs and characters in musical theater history. Wouldn’t it be lover-ly?! An innovative production directed by Tony Award winner Frank Galati.


Nov. 18

Sarasota Ballet and the Suzanne Farrell Ballet

Fresh from their joint Kennedy Center performances in Washington, D.C., the companies perform George Balanchine’s beloved Diamonds. Plus, the Sarasota Ballet reprises Sir Frederick Ashton’s The Two Pigeons. 2 and 8 p.m.

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