Friday, August 22   

Events

 
Coming Events
The Fabulous Independent Film Festival
Aug 22 & 23
Various Times
The fourth annual Fabulous Independent Film Festival will celebrate diversity in the LGBT community with 3 days of the best in world cinema. In association with the Harvey Milk Festival, a non profit organization, the festival is organized by broken rules productions. Tickets are $8.50, opening and closing night films are $10.
Location: Burns Court Cinemas
Information: www.fabulousiff.com
Book Signing at the Artful Giraffe
Aug. 22
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Jane Kirschner-Tuccillo will be signing copies of her delightful, Hurricane Charley inspired children's book, ANNABELLE from SANIBEL.
Location: The Artful Giraffe, 1861 Fruitville Rd.
Information: www.theartfulgiraffe.com/ or 941.366.1323
Book Signing
Aug. 23
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Author Janet Olshewsky will be signing her book, The Snake Fence, a tale of a Quaker farm boy caught up in the adventures and politics of Colonial Pennsylvania during the French and Indian Wars.
Location: A. Parker's Books, 1488 Main Street
Information: 941.366.2898
Free Energy Upgrade Workshop
Tue. Aug. 26
6:00 PM
Sarasota residents can benefit from the county's sustainability expertise with a free Energy Upgrade workshop that will provide information, tips and materials to help you identify opportunities to save money, energy and water. In addition to the expert advice, workshop participants also will receive a free Do It Yourself Energy Saving Kit with products valued over $30 to start saving energy now (limit one per household). Reducing a home's energy use can lower utility bills and provide a more comfortable living environment. The event is FREE but registration is required.
Location:
Information: www.wslr.org or 941.894.6469
Wordier Than Thou: Storytellers Open Mic
Thu. Aug. 28
7:00 PM
Wordier Than Thou is coming to Sarasota! This unique open mic focuses on storytelling -- no poetry or music. So come share your finest prose, or if you're just in the mood for listening, catch some tales from our area's wordsmiths. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Readings will begin around 7 p.m. A featured reader will kick off the night, followed by open mic slots. Open mic readers get 10 minutes and will be timed. Suggested $5 donation at the door and refreshments available.
Location: Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Ct.
Information: www.wslr.org or 941.894.6469
NRA Pistol Course
Sat. Aug. 30
8:00 AM
Learn to shoot a pistol safely and correctly. Satisfies requirements for a Florida Carry Permit. NRA Certified Instructors teach this Course.
Location: AmericInn Hotel Conference Room
Information: www.ftisarasota.com or 941.706.4358
Over Fifty" Civil Rights Art Exhibit Opening
Fri. Sep. 12
7:00 PM
This exhibit will feature New Orleans artist Brandan Odums with the collection of Fifty Signs of Freedom. Please join us for this presentation in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act.
Location: Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Ct.
Information: www.wslr.org or 941.894.6469
Chamber Soirees - Flute
Thu. Sep. 18
5:30 PM
Featuring Betsy Traba, principal flute Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres beginning one hour prior to concert.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Stand Up To Bullying
Fri. Sep. 19
8:00 AM
The time has come for our community to STAND UP TO BULLYING. Family Network on Disabilities is starting the conversation by hosting a two-day event that will kick-off with a Community Breakfast on Friday, September 19th and conclude with a daylong conference on Saturday, September 20th.
Location: Woodland the Community Church, 9607 State Road 70 East
Information: www.fndmanasota.org/news-events.aspx or 941.928.0682
Grampa's Cough Medicine
Fri. Sep. 26
8:00 PM
Grandpa's Cough Medicine does not play your grandpa's bluegrass. They fall squarely into what is being called "outlaw bluegrass" by many folks. The sound of flat picked guitar, Scruggs style banjo and thumping upright bass bring an organic yet aggressive backdrop to their two part harmony vocals. Live shows are full throttle affairs, filled with blazing instrumentals and original tunes. Tickets: $10 adv/$12 door.
Location: Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Ct.
Information: www.wslr.org or 941.894.6469
Safe Sex Halloween Bash: Pre-Party Kiki
Thu. Oct. 2
7:00 PM
Kick off the countdown to our infamous Safe Sex Halloween Bash: Midnight on the Bayou - Sarasota's premier Halloween party. Be entertained with games, drawings, and an especially ghoulish activity that will get you in the mood for our big October 25th Halloween Bash! Entry is FREE and attendees are offered a number of themed drink and snack specials. SAVE on your Bash tickets this night only!
Location: Darwin's on Fourth
Information: www.myplannedparenthood.org or 941.365.3913
Ron Gordon's Humane Society Golf Tournament
Sat. Oct. 4
7:00 AM
The 10th Annual Ron Gordon's Humane Society Golf Tournament will take place this year at The Meadows Country Club! Thanks to the hard work of hosts Ron and Karen, this tournament has raised close to $100,000 for the shelter pets at the Humane Society of Sarasota County! Sponsorship Opportunities Available! For sponsorship information, contact Karen Kerlin at 941.266.0527 or hsscgolf@verizon.net
Location: The Meadows Country Club
Information: humanesocietygolf.com/ or 941.266.0527
TEDxSarasota
Mon. Oct. 6
9:00 AM
Our theme is Insights Ignited. From time to time in every mind, the friction of ideas creates a small spark. This year, we seek to honor and highlight those who have nurtured and fueled their sparks, feeding them with curiosity, courage.
Location: Michaels on the East
Information: www.tedxsarasota.com or 941.366.0007
Chamber Soirees - Clarinet
Sun. Oct. 12
4:00 PM
Featuring Bharat Chandra, principal clarinet Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres beginning one hour prior to concert.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Great Escapes - Twilight Zone
Oct. 15 5:30 PM
Oct. 16 7:30 PM
Oct. 17 5:30 PM
Oct. 18 8:00 PM
Conductor: Dirk Meyer
As Halloween approaches, the Sarasota Orchestra will musically offer some treats and a trick or two. Music will include themes from the Twilight, Ghostbusters and Psycho movies, The Addams Family, Michael Jackson's Thriller, and the eccentric Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
8th Annual Hungarian Festival
Oct 18 & 19
Noon - 10:00 PM
Family fun with music, dance and games. Kids activities, pony ride, jumping castle, art and craft. Hungarian cuisine, pastries and wines.
Location: Sarasota County Fairground
Information: www.gffusa.org or 941.320.8253
Safe Sex Halloween Bash: Midnight on the Bayou
Oct. 25
9:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Description: Join us for the Safe Sex Halloween Bash: Midnight on the Bayou - Sarasota's premier Halloween party! Be immersed in the sights and sounds of a haunted Louisiana bayou ? complete with live gators, a Tunnel of Terror, and a haunted pier! Featuring music by DJ Imminent, dancing, open bar & late nite bites from Michael's on East. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed to impress in their favorite Halloween custom - extra points for staying in theme for the event or creating your own costume to compete in our infamous Costume Contest! This is a ages 21+ and over event! All proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida's sex ed and prevention programs. Find us on Facebook or visit www.MyPlannedParenthood.org for more information and to purchase your tickets!
Location: Michael's on East
Information: ww.safesexhalloweenbash.com or 941.365.3913
Le Barge Historic Sarasota Cruise
Sun. Nov. 2
11:00 AM
Narrator-Historian, John McCarthy takes the mike, for the 24th year on this popular, always Sold Out Cruise on Sarasota Bay. Continental Buffet Brunch served. Early boarding for VIP ticket holders. Reservations a must! $40.00. VIP $50.00
Location: Marina Jack Bayfront Park
Information: www.hsosc.com or 941.364.9076
Masterworks Framed
Nov. 7 & 8
8:00 PM Nov. 9
2:30 PM
Conductor: Anu Tali, Music Director
Soloist: Alexander Toradze
Jump into the excitement of Anu Tali's first full Sarasota Orchestra season with this exciting program showcasing three Russian composers. The unrelenting pace of Prokofiev's virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 3 will be amplified by one of the greatest interpreters of Prokofiev, Alexander Toradze. Shostakovich's Gadfly Suite comes from the world of the movies. Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition transports you to the sphere of visual art with its legendary mastery of majestic description.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
South Pacific
Nov. 11 - Dec. 28
Times Vary
Pulitzer Prize for Drama, South Pacific tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples ? US Navy nurse Nellie Forbush and expatriate French plantation owner Emile de Becque, and Navy Airman Joe Cable and young local girl Liat ? and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and their own prejudices.
Location: Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trail
Information: www.asolorep.org or 941.351.8000
Chamber Soirees - String Quartet
Sun. Nov. 16
4:00 PM
Featuring the Sarasota String Quartet
Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres beginning one hour prior to concert.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Songs of Wars I Have Seen
Thu. Nov. 20
7:00 PM
Conductor: Anu Tali, Music Director
Songs of Wars I Have Seen is a theatrical concert conducted by Anu Tali and featuring female musicians of the Sarasota Orchestra both performing and narrating. Created by renowned German composer Heiner Goebbles (no relation to the notorious one!), the concert experience is an indictment of violence and extremism. A touching performance of baroque music is combined with readings from Gertrude Stein's recounting of wartime diaries from the homefront.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Masterworks - American Dream
Dec. 5 & 6
8:00 PM
Dec. 7
2:30 PM
Conductor and Pianist: Evan Haile
Don't miss this showcase of American compositional brilliance featuring guest conductor and pianist Evans Haile. Savannah River Holiday and Sequoia take their cues from nature. Copland's narrated Lincoln Portrait is every bit as illustrious and electrifying as its inspiration. The touching Adagio for Strings has become America's anthem in times of memorial. No celebration of American music is complete without Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. This concert of shorter works will be performed without intermission.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Great Escapes - Jingle All the Way
Dec. 10 5:30 PM
Dec. 11 7:30 PM
Dec. 12 5:30 PM
Dec. 13 8:00 PM
Conductor: Andrew Lanef
Celebrate the holiday season without the snow, but with many of your favorite tunes. Highlights include Rossini's Fantastic Toyshop, The Christmas Song, The Skaters Waltz, Festive Sounds of Hanukkah, White Christmas, and, of course, Jingle Bells Forever. You'll love BasSOON It Will be Christmas!
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
The Matchmaker
Jan. 6 - Apr. 11
Times Vary
The uproarious comedy that inspired the Broadway musical, Hello, Dolly!, Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker proves that sometimes money can buy happiness.
Location: Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trail
Information: www.asolorep.org or 941.351.8000
Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks: In Love
Fri. Jan. 9
8:00 PM
This program features three of music's most celebrated love stories. Strauss' Death and Transfiguration narrates the final hours of a man as he reminisces about his memories, ideals, and loves. Tchaikovsky's arresting Romeo and Juliet Overture needs no introduction. Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé shimmers with delicate sensuality.
Location: Neel PAC
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks: In Love
Sat. Jan. 10
8:00 PM
This program features three of music's most celebrated love stories. Strauss' Death and Transfiguration narrates the final hours of a man as he reminisces about his memories, ideals, and loves. Tchaikovsky's arresting Romeo and Juliet Overture needs no introduction. Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé shimmers with delicate sensuality.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks: In Love
Sun. Jan. 11
2:30 PM
This program features three of music's most celebrated love stories. Strauss' Death and Transfiguration narrates the final hours of a man as he reminisces about his memories, ideals, and loves. Tchaikovsky's arresting Romeo and Juliet Overture needs no introduction. Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé shimmers with delicate sensuality.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Both Your Houses
Jan. 12 - Apr. 21
Times Vary
A comic masterpiece that could have been pulled straight from today's headlines, this marvelous political satire is as relevant today as when it won the Pulitzer Prize in 1933. Colorful characters, sharp wit and glorious wisecracks reminiscent of 1930s screwball comedies add to the fun and fury.
Location: Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trail
Information: www.asolorep.org or 941.351.8000
Good People
Jan. 14 - Feb. 26f
Times Vary
This humor-filled, Tony-nominated hit from Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire takes a look at the "haves" and the "have-nots" as it questions the American dream and how to achieve it ? hard work, skill, or luck?
Location: Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trail
Information: www.asolorep.org or 941.351.8000
Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks: Enigma
Thu. Jan. 29
8:00 PM
Beethoven's revered Piano Concerto No. 4 calls for a consummate artist. Don't miss this opportunity to hear Steven Hough, one of classical music's living legends, perform one of the preeminent piano concerti. Estonian composer Arvo Part is featured in his moving tribute to British composer, Benjamin Britten.
Location: Neel PAC
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Master Artists of the Sun Coast Gala
Fri. Feb. 27
6:00 PM
Gala fund-raiser for the Keith Farmhouse, the Master Artists of the Light Chasers will mingle and sell their works at this Reception in the Edson Keith Mansion. Tickets: $25.00 per person, in advance. tnmason@gmail.com for tickets and sponsor info.
Location: Phillippi Estate Park 5500 S. Trail
Information: 941.366.1323
Our Betters
Mar. 11 - Apr. 19
Times Vary
If this play were a personal ad, it might read: Rich American women seeking financially strapped British men with titles. A hot topic (i.e. Downton Abbey) on both sides of the pond when this delightfully cheeky play was written in 1917, the exchange of a "milady" for a large financial sum was all the rage. But the emotional cost of social climbing is revealed in this sexy, stylish and wildly witty look at Europe's posh set and the Americans who crashed the party.
Location: Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trail
Information: www.asolorep.org or 941.351.8000
Sotto Voce
Mar. 31 - Apr.26
Times Vary
In this exquisite, dreamlike sonata of a play, Greenfield Prize and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Nilo Cruz (Anna in the Tropics) examines the resiliency of true love and the indelible power of memories.
Location: Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trail
Information: www.asolorep.org or 941.351.8000
Tom Jones
Apr. 9 - May 31
Time Varies
Tom Jones is a play written by Mark Brown, who also wrote the FST audience favorite, Around The World in 80 Days. The play is an adaptation of the ground-breaking novel, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, by Henry Fielding. In this thrilling adventure of the heart, Tom Jones, a charming young man of questionable birth, is madly in love with Sophia Western. But when Sophia's father arranges for her to marry a loathsome man, she flees for her life. Aristocrats, wenches and scalawags abound in this bawdy and rollicking romp through the back roads and bedchambers of England.
Location: Florida Studio Theatre
Information: www.floridastudiotheatre.org/show_shows.php?id=406 or 941.366.9000
It Only Takes A Moment
Apr. 28 - May 24
Times Vary
Created by Gordon Greenberg (Jacques Brel? ?, Working), Josh Rhodes (Cinderella, Working), and Charlie Rosen (Cyrano, One Man, Two Guv'nors), this show is a rich brew of Jerry Herman's most powerful music told in joyous uplifting song, text and dance.
Location: Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trail
Information: www.asolorep.org or 941.351.8000
Pump Boys & Dinettes
Jun 4 - 29
Time Varies
The pump boys sell high octane fuel on North Carolina's Highway 57 and the sassy dinettes run the Double Cupp diner next door. Between changing tires and baking pies, the gang performs a rousing, down-home mix of country western, rock n' roll and blues in this charming tale of friendship, romance and life's simple pleasures.
Location: Florida Studio Theatre
Information: www.floridastudiotheatre.org/show_shows.php?id=432 or 941.366.9000
   
   
   
   
Recurring Events

Handz-on Family Program
Every Sunday
1:00-3:00 PM

Children ages 6 - 12 are invited to bring their favorite adult to the Ringling Museum for Handz-On!  Guided by creative Museum educators, families will explore the galleries, enjoy family-friendly activities, and make fabulous works of art. 
Location:  John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Information: To reserve your space, call Janine Packard, Education Specialist at 941-359-5700 ex 1-3703, or email jpackard@ringling.org   www.ringling.org
Palm Singles
Every Monday
6:00 PM
Over 50's singles group meets for dinner at 6 pm followed by a program. We also offer a full monthly calendar of events. This is a great time to come out and make new friends.
Location: Church of the Palms 3224 Bee Ridge Road
Information: For dinner reservation call 924.7430.Dotty
Meet The Sky
First Monday of the Month
Jan - Sep
8:00 PM
Join Eve Plews and other sky observers as we explore the infinite night sky. See constellations, stars and planets through telescope provided. Weather permitting. Free for all ages!
Location: Siesta Key Beach Pavilion
Information: 941.952.1200

Free Yoga On Siesta Beach
Every Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat
9:00 AM

Bring your own mat and water to the Siesta Beach Main Entrance. Taught by Avananda (with over 35 years of teaching experience in Hawaii and around the world. If your  coming for the first time it would be good to call.
Information: 941-320-6693 or email yogaonsiesatabeach@yahoo.com hathayogalesson.com
Sarasota African Violet Society
Every 3rd Tuesday  except June, July, August
10:00 AM - Noon
Learn and share America's favorite and most recognized house plant,including monthly workshops. 
Location:  First Baptist Church 265 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey
Information: 941.343.0976

Art on the Boardwalk
Every Tuesday
Feb. & March
Noon - Dusk

This exhibit is a juried, weekly event showcasing the fine art and quality craftsmanship of approximately 30 outstanding local and regional artists.
Location: The Boat Yard Village, 1508 Stickney Pt Rd
Information: 941.539.7972

MOMS Club of Sarasota North
Every 1st Wednesday
10:00 AM
We discuss club business and activities planned for the month while children play or make a craft. You and your children are WELCOME to join us.
Location: St. James United Methodist, 2049 N. Honore Ave.
Information:  941.306.3649 or momsclubofsarasotanorth.com
Mommy and Me at Mote
Every Thursday
9:50 AM
Ocean education for small fry! Kids ages 2-5 and their favorite adults learn together through marine-themed games, songs, stories, crafts, role plays, and guided visits to the Mote exhibits. Pre-registration is required. Meet at the Aquarium Entrance at 9:50 AM.
Location: Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Information: www.mote.org/mommyandme
Preschool Storytime
Every Thursday
10:00 & 11:15 AM
For ages 3 and up. Read-aloud stories, music, films, finger games, and community guests.
Location: Selby Public Library, 1331 First St.
Information: 941.316.1181
Not-Two-Young Storytime
Every Thursday
10:00 AM & 11:15 AM
For 2-year-olds and an accompanying adult. Read-aloud stories, music, films, finger games, and community guests.
Location: Selby Public Library, 1331 First St.
Information: 941.316.1181
Sarasota Shell Club
2nd Thrusday of the Month
7:00 PM, Sep - Apr
Meetings include:  Guest speaker, raffle, door prizes,business meeting, refreshments, and a whole lot of shell talk. Don't miss the fun.  Everyone Welcome.
Location: Waldemere Fire Station, 2nd Floor
Information: sarasotashellclub@hotmail.com
Positively Speaking Toastmasters
Every Friday
6:00 PM
Do something different on Friday nights by challenging your mind and having loads of fun with a great group of people. Guests are always welcome.
Location: Episcopal Church of the Nativity, 5900 N. Lockwood Ridge Road
Information:  941.685.1614 or posspeaking.freetoasthost.org

Live from Downtown it's Friday Night!
Every Friday
6:00 - 9:00 PM

Friday night downtown has never been better, featuring a different downtown Sarasota neighborhood each week. Every month a new theme to showcase and celebrate Sarasota's unique seasons and holidays.
1st Friday Palm Ave, Main St, 1st St & Whole Foods
2nd Friday Burns Square (South Pineapple)
3rd Friday Towles Court (Adams & Washington)
4th Friday Rosemary District (Fruitville & Central)
Sarasota Farmers Market
Every Saturday
7:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Every Saturday, rain or shine, the Downtown Farmers' Market is is a potpourri of fresh produce, food, flowers and plants, fine artisanship, friends and fun. It has become a community happening - a gathering place for people to bring families, friends and even dogs to peruse the displays of garden-fresh produce and unique craft products.
Location: Main St. and Lemon Ave.
Information: www.sarasotafarmersmarket.org

Historic Burns Square Artists' Market
Every Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Local artists display/sell handmade works of art to also include jewelry, greeting cards, pottery, quilts and so much more. Meet a local author. Taste a Chicago Hot Dog. This is a free outdoor event that runs every Saturday through May 8.
Location: Pineapple & Laurel Streets
Information: 941.927.6845 or artistsmarket
Mommy and Me at Mote
Every Saturday
9:50 AM
Ocean education for small fry! Kids ages 2-5 and their favorite adults learn together through marine-themed games, songs, stories, crafts, role plays, and guided visits to the Mote exhibits. Pre-registration is required. Meet at the Aquarium Entrance at 9:50 AM.
Location: Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Information: www.mote.org/mommyandme