Today's best bets for entertainment in Manatee-Sarasota: Nov. 2

November 2, 2012 

Music on Main: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch

Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host a Music on Main concert 6-9 p.m. Nov. 2 featuring live music by the Shotgun Justice. Beer, wine and food sales benefit Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy. Bring chairs and blankets. No coolers allowed. Dogs on short leashes are permitted. Admission is free. Information: 941-907-9243 or visit

First Fridays Car & Bike Show: Slick's Garage, 923 Fifth St. W., Palmetto

Slick's Garage hosts a First Fridays Car & Bike Show and community party 5-11 p.m. the first Friday of each month. The event features live music, food and drink vendors, children's entertainment, charity auctions and more. Information: 941-776-7298.

Sarasota Chalk Festival 2012 "Circus City": Along Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota

The 2012 Sarasota Chalk Festival, themed "Circus City," starts 10 a.m. daily through Nov. 6, is a cultural performance event with over 250 world-famous artists transforming Pinapple Avenue into a museum in motion using the street surface as their canvas and chalk as their medium. Artist Kurt Wenner will create a large 3D masterpiece. Street performers and musicians participate with dozens of circus performers giving you the feel of being at the greatest show on earth. One city block is just for kids. There will be appearancess during the festival there will be appearances by legendary daredevil Nik Wallenda, Cirque du Soleil La Nouba, Ringling Brothers Circus Acts and Animals, local musicians, singers, street performers and much, much more! Information:

Village of the Arts Seventh Annual Dia de los Muertos "Festival of the Skeletons: Village of the Arts, between Ninth st. W. and 12 St. W., Bradenton

Village of the arts celebrates the "Festival of Skeletons," 6-9:30 p.m. Nov. 2 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 3 featuring life size artist decorated skeletons and family shrines, Mexican food and music, and a celebration of life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Information: 941-746-4556 or visit

The Powel Crosley Estate "House of Horrors": Powel Crosley Estate, One Seagate Dr., 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Explore the ghastly and ghoulish as the Crosley Estate Foundation presents the "House of Horrors," based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe 7-11 p.m. Nov. 2-4. Revelers will have the opportunity to tour 13 rooms of Gothic gore, creep through the Crosley Cemetery and squirm through terrifying performances as the Master of the Macabre himself recounts his hauntingly horrible tales Enjoy poisons and potions as well as a few snacks. Tickets: $10 adults, $8 students and seniors. Information: 941-729-0177, ext. 243 or visit

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