Theater, music, visual art and more in the Sarasota area

Creating a new museum

While art lovers await the opening of the long-delayed, but in-progress Sarasota Museum of Art, director Anne Marie Russell and others will be talking about what it takes to build a new museum, and the vision, strategy and criteria that go into it in a program at 6 p.m. today at The Works, 891 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Admission is $10. And at 6 p.m. Tuesday, SMOA will share a screening of the Johannesburg episode of the “Art21” television series. It features four artists who use their work to help marginalized communities. Admission is free, but reservations are required. 941-309-7662; ringling.edu/museum

Players will open ‘Sight Unseen’

“Sight Unseen” jumps back and forth in time for the story of an acclaimed painter who visits his former model and her new husband. It opens tonight Backstage at The Players. Dylan Jones will play Jonathan Waxman, an English artist whose paintings sell even before people see them. Lauren Ward is the former model, who questions his motives, and Paul Hutchinson is her husband, who despises both Waxman’s art and his success. Cindy Schlotterback plays a German journalist whose interview with Waxman is a backdrop for the play. Through Nov. 18 at The Players Centre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. $18. 941-954-0282; theplayers.org

Musical ‘Murder’

A new season gets off to a deadly start at Florida Studio Theatre, which opens the Tony Award-winning musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.” Jason Cannon directs the musical about a young man, played by Jimmy Nicholas, who helps to bump off all the people in the wealthy D’Ysquith family who stand between him and becoming an earl and master of a large fortune. Richard Henry plays all the family members who meet their doom, in comical ways, along the way. Alexandra Zorn and Sarah Ellis play the love interests in the musical that runs through Dec. 31 at FST’s Gompertz Theatre, 1247 First St., Sarasota. 941-366-9000; floridastudiotheatre.org

‘Dike’ opens at Urbanite Theatre

Lesbian relationships and struggles with Catholic spirituality and family are subjects of conversation in “Dike,” a play by Hannah Benitez opening Friday at the Urbanite Theatre. The cast includes Jen Diaz, Alice Marcondes, Morgan Meadows and Kelly Pekar. Director Tatiana Pandiani calls the play a sister-sister story: “It’s about loving your sister, and letting yourself be loved, and being able to negotiate your differences and similarities.” Through Dec. 16 at the Urbanite Theatre, 1487 Second St., Sarasota. $31, $20 for patrons under 40, $5 for students. 941-321-1397; urbanitetheatre.com

Exploring the meaning of memory

In “The Nature of Forgetting,” the British troupe Theatre Re explores the nature of humans and the impact of memory and memory loss. The touring production, the result of nearly two years of collaboration involving music, objects and interviews with scientists, is presented Friday and Saturday as part of The Ringling’s New Stages series. Founder Guillaume Pige, who stars as a man who is beginning to lose his memory as he celebrates his 55th birthday, says his company focuses on “all these things that remind us how vulnerable and profoundly human we are.” Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota. 941-360-7399; ringling.org

New Music concert will offer ‘Inter/Action’

Everyone knows the sound of rainfall. On Saturday, New Music New College will offer the sound of digital music derived from data of rainfall across the state of Florida. The “Inter/Action” concert will feature new work from New College Professor Mark Dancigers, along with violinist Samantha Bennett and trombonist Brad Williams from the Sarasota Orchestra. The second half of the concert will offer pieces by Grand Electric, featuring Dancigers on guitar and Aaron Wunsch on piano. 8 p.m. Saturday, with a 7:30 p.m. pre-concert talk in the Mildred Sainer Pavilion at New College, 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. $15 for the general public, free for students and staff at New College, Ringling and USF Sarasota-Manatee. 941-487-4665; newmusicnewcollege.org

Pops Orchestra is ‘Coming Home’ with John Denver

The Pops Orchestra launches its new season by honoring members of the Armed Forces with the help of John Denver tribute artist Tom Becker in the concert “John Denver — Coming Home” Saturday and Sunday. Becker will perform Denver favorites in a concert that also features patriotic standards to mark Veterans Day. Proceeds will benefit the Military Officers Association of Sarasota’s scholarship program for returning veterans pursuing college or vocational training. Conductor Robyn Bell leads the orchestra at 3 p.m. Sunday at Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota, and 7:30 p.m. Monday at Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. 941-926-7677; thepopsorchestra.org

Chopin Project will present Sunday concert

The Chopin Project will visit Church of the Redeemer Sunday with a program that describes how music has been a touchstone of cultural pride and national identity around the world. Violinist Rhiannon Banerdt and pianist Matthew Graybil will perform pieces by Chopin, Dvorak, Ravel, de Falla and Saint-Saens. 4 p.m. Sunday, Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. $35. thechopinproject.com/tickets

‘Tempest’ under the stars

The Fogartyville Community Center will host Asolo Rep’s traveling production of “The Tempest” under the stars on Sunday night. The cast includes DeAnna Wright as Prospera, Jenny Vallancourt as Miranda and Sara Linares as Caliban. It is a 45-minute adaptation of Shakespeare’s play featuring the third-year students in the FSU/Asolo Conservatory, who are in the midst of a statewide tour of schools. 7 p.m. Sunday. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and guests are encouraged to bring a basket and picnic before the show. $10 in advance, $12 day of show. 1-800-838-3006; wslr.org

Ringling to show ‘MICROPLASTICS’

Art work by Ringling College students will try to raise environmental awareness in the “MICROPLASTICS” exhibition in the Willis Smith Gallery Tuesday through Dec. 14. Curator Mark Ormond is working with Tess Lockey, a Ringling illustration major who was born in Hong Kong, raised in the Philippines and has lived near the sea her whole life. She was inspired by a microplastics lecture in her Ecology of Water class. The Willis Smith Gallery is in the Thompson Academic Center,  2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Free. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 941-359-7563; Ringling.edu/galleries

Honoring veterans

Film and television actor Douglas Taurel is working to help veterans with a Sarasota performance of his one-man show “The American Soldier.” Taurel, who has appeared on everything from “Nurse Jackie” to “The Americans” and “Blue Bloods,” created the show based on real stories and factual accounts from soldiers and letters to and from family members from the American Reveolution through current battles in Afghanistan. He has been nominated for an Amnesty International Award for the 75-minute performance. He will present “The American Soldier” as a fund-raiser for Harvest House, which provides support for homeless families, veterans, youths and adults with a history of homelessness and incarceration due to substance abuse. It began in 1992 with six beds and has grown to offer 415 beds on nine campuses. Taurel said that 40,000 veterans experience homelessness, including 2,800 in Florida. The performance begins at 7, following a reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer at Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, 7051 Wireless Court, Sarasota. Tickets are $100. For more information: bit.ly/soldiershow

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