Galleria Silecchia. Remaining on view through Nov. 6 is Paul Tamanian’s Fabulous Grind, offering mixed media, abstract painting and sculpture on aluminum by the artist. Next up, Nov. 7 through Dec. 4, is The Whimsey of Sainthood, featuring Joe McFadden’s original oils on canvas of classical and whimsical saints. 365-7414.
Selby Gallery. Continuing here through Nov. 8 is Part II of the
Dabbert Gallery. Realism, Classical and Contemporary continues here through Nov. 29, offering works by Yugi Wang, William Suys and Ben F. Stahl, among others. 955-1315.
State of the Arts Gallery. Eye Candy, an exhibit spotlighting works of color and texture, continues on view throughout November. 955-2787.
Art School, Gift and Framing Gallery of Colleen Cassidy-Berns. An exhibition of pet portraits on painted furniture and watercolor paintings continues here through Dec. 31. 924-1200.
Art Uptown. The paintings of Palmetto artist Michael Dowd, who works in abstracts as well as sea and land scapes, are featured here Nov. 1-14, with a reception at 6 p.m. Nov. 7. 955-5409.
The Musical Adventures of Flat
McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre. A full lineup of comics this month includes Walt Willey, Nov. 1; Chris Bliss, Nov. 5-9; James Gregory, Nov. 10; John “Hippieman” Novosad, Nov. 12-16; Taylor Mason, Nov. 23; and Andy Campbell, Nov. 28-30. 925-3869.
Compania Flamenco Jose Porcel. This company of dancers, singers and musicians arrives from
Monday Night Movies at the Ringling. In partnership with the Sarasota Film Festival, the series this month examines Franco-American relations with the movies A Little Romance, Nov. 3; French Cancan, Nov. 10; Charade, Nov. 17; and The Lovers, Nov. 24; all at 7 p.m. in the Historic Asolo Theater. 360-7399.
Cine-World Festival. This year’s run of top films from the
International Invitational Auto Show.
Old Miakka Fall Festival. Get ready for an old-fashioned hootenanny complete with barbecue, cake, local bands and activities for kids, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2 on the Old Miakka Schoolhouse grounds. No charge to attend, but it’s a fund raiser for renovations to the historic 1914 schoolhouse, and there will be a silent auction, vendors, etc. 322-8852.
Rose Day. The Bradenton-Sarasota Rose Society celebrates its 50th anniversary with a show Nov. 8 at the Ringling Museum of Art (home to Mable Ringling’s Rose Garden) that includes free classes, guided tours and roses for purchase. For more details, call 373-6454.
Bowls of Hope. Show up at
Efest Green Living Music & Arts Festival. A two-day environmentally themed event, Nov. 15 and 16 at the Sarasota Polo Club at Lakewood Ranch, that features exhibitors, music and dance performances, kids’ activities, food, panel discussions, an eco-art show and much more. For full details go to efest.us.
Great Teddy Bear Run. The 11th annual event, sponsored by the Sarasota
Heritage Holidays at Historic Spanish Point. The buildings at the historic site will be deck out for the holidays beginning Nov. 22 and continuing through Jan. 2; there will also be living history dramas, boat rides, a family day Dec. 13, “Holiday Pups and the Point” Dec. 20, and a musical Sunset Stroll Dec. 17. 966-5214.
The Barber of
Ditchfield Family Singers. The troupe presents “Songs of
Shelly Berg. Pianist-composer-arranger Berg brings his trio to the Jazz Club of Sarasota’s Nov. 8 concert; 7:30 p.m. at Holley Hall. 366-1552.
New Music New College. Hear experimental music performed by
Rain: The Beatles Experience. A multimedia production, featuring musicians channeling John, Paul, George and Ringo at various stages of their Beatles career, at 8 p.m. Nov. 12 at Van Wezel. 953-3368.
Artist Series of
Cocktails at the Ca d’Zan. Live music and refreshments from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 20, featuring the Boneshakers. 359-5700.
Key Chorale. The choral ensemble, with the Sarasota Film Society and the Sarasota Opera, presents Voices of Light, an oratorio by Richard Einhorn that will be sung to Carl Dreyer’s classic silent film, The Passion of Joan of Arc. At 2:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at the
Lumiri Tubo: A Tribute to Nat King Cole. The actress and cabaret singer interprets the works of the late, great Cole, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 and 25 in the Historic Asolo Theater. 360-7399.
Big Band Bash. A Jazz Club of Sarasota event from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 29 at
Dave Koz. The popular smooth jazz sax man returns to the Van Wezel at 7 p.m. Nov. 30. 953-3368.
2008 Invitational Regatta. More than 60 boats are expected to participate in this 12-mile race in the
All-Star Children’s Foundation Celebrity Gala & Golf Tournament. Among the attractions at this weekend event: a golf clinic by PGA Champions tour pro Jim Thorpe, prior to celebs teeing off at the Longboat Key Club Harborourside Golf course. There’s much more going on Nov. 21 and 22 at the Longboat Key Club and Resort; call 312-9049.
Stewart O’Nan. Writer O’Nan discusses his new book Songs for the Missing in the
Ringling Spotlight Series. The museum also presents this series, which examines the music of art and the genius of Dame Ninette de Valois at 7 p.m. Nov. 13; Art and Opera: No One Expects the Spanish Inquisition, 9:30 a.m. Nov. 14; and Fashioning Kimonos, 9:30 a.m. Nov. 21. 358-3180.
Bye Bye Birdie. The musical comedy hit featuring songs like Put on a Happy Face and Kids ends its run Nov. 2 at the Players Theatre. 365-2494.
The Giver. An adaptation of Lois Lowry’s young adult book about one special boy who’s chosen to retain a town’s memories, through Nov. 8 in an Asolo Rep production in the Historic Asolo Theater. 351-8000.
Barnum. Run away to the circus with this musical retelling of P.T. Barnum’s life as a showman, playing Nov. 15 through Dec. 20 to open the Asolo Rep season. 351-8000.
Hank Williams: Lost Highway. The ups and downs of the late great country songwriter’s life are portrayed in this hit-filled show, onstage through Nov. 16 at the Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre. 748-5875.
Golddiggers of 1633. This musical retelling of a classic Moliere comedy involving dirty old men, conniving golddiggers and young lovers continues through Nov. 22 at the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre. 366-5454.
A Murder, A Mystery and A Marriage. A musical adaptation of a Mark Twain short story involving a greedy farmer, his marriageable daughter, and a mysterious Frenchman. Continuing on
Steppin’ Out. FST also offers this month a celebration of Irving Berlin hits, including Puttin’ On the Ritz, Cheek to Cheek and more. In FST’s Goldstein Cabaret, throughout November. 366-9000.
Wilder! Wilder! Wilder! Playwright Thornton Wilder gets his due with this presentation of five of his one-act plays, opening Nov. 5 in an FSU/Asolo Conservatory production in the Cook Theatre; runs through Nov. 23. 351-8000.
Nickel and Dimed. A stage version of Barbara Ehrenreich’s book, which took the writer to the world of minimum wage work—and the difficulty of surviving in it. Playing Nov. 6-23 at Venice Theatre’s Stage II. 488-1115.
The Producers. The Mel Brooks megahit brings Leo and Max and, of course, Springtime for Hitler to the Venice Theatre stage in its
House of Blue Leaves. John Guare’s acclaimed play about a man’s unlikely dream of becoming a songwriter takes the stage Nov. 18-23 at the Players Theatre, part of the company’s SNAP (Something New At Players) program. 365-2494.
La Cage aux Folles. The best of times is now for lovers of this Jerry Herman hit about two longtime gay partners who attempt to pull off a version of the straight life when the son of one of them becomes engaged to a narrow-minded politician. Onstage Nov. 25 through Jan. 18 at the Golden Apple. 366-5454.
Nunsense. Sally Struthers heads the cast of this ever popular romp through parochial school days with the Little Sisters of Hoboken, onstage at 8 p.m. Nov. 28, 2 and 8 p.m. Nov. 29 at Van Wezel. 953-3368.