Weekend Picks Nov. 1-3

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  • Bradenton Riverwalk cover

    Taste of Manatee returns to Bradenton Riverwalk this weekend. HERALD-TRIBUNE ARCHIVES

    Weekend Picks Nov. 1-3

    From film and food festivals to live music and a pirate invasion, we have you covered for weekend fun.

  • CineWorld

    Friday-Nov. 10; Burns Court and Lakewood Ranch Cinemas; single tickets are $12 and $9 (SFS members); 955-3456; filmsociety.org.

    Cine-World

    The Sarasota Film Society’s 24th annual Cine-World Film Festival, featuring a wide range of quality movies from all over the globe, starts Friday and runs through Nov. 10. Screenings will be primarily at Burns Court Cinemas, 506 Burns Lane, Sarasota, with special shows at Lakewood Ranch Cinemas, 10715 Rodeo Drive #8, Lakewood Ranch. Check out Ticket editor Brian Ries' cover story slideshow offering a "10-course movie meal."

  • Taste fo Manatee at Riverwalk

    11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday; Bradenton Riverwalk, 452 3rd Ave. W., Bradenton; 323-3936; tasteofmanatee.com

    Taste of Manatee

    Celebrate Bradenton area restaurants this weekend at the 27th annual Taste of Manatee, which, just for the record, is named after the county — you won't find any sea cow on the menu. The popular event, held again at Bradenton Riverwalk, features 20 local restaurants offering a taste of their top preparations. There will also be live music all weekend, plus a special children’s stage. And, get this, sports fans, you can enjoy a cold beer or glass of wine at the tiki bar tent, which will have big screens showing football. Another option is taking an eating recess to visit the many arts and crafts booths.

  • Rodney Atkins AP 2011

    8 p.m. Friday, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; $30-$60; 953-3368; vanwezel.org.

    Rodney Atkins

    Rodney Atkins is a country music star thanks to a strong, emotive voice and smart ear for mature, everyman anthems such as “If You’re Going Through Hell,” “Watching You,” “These Are My People,” and most recently, “Take A Back Road.” Frankie Ballard and Rose Falcon are the opening acts. Read my interview with Atkins.

  • Anna Maria Island Privateers HT archives

    Noon-5 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; 10-5 p.m. Sunday; Coquina Beach; 2650 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach; free; pirateinvasion.org

    Pirate Invasion

    The Anna Maria Island Privateers are again rallying the good folks of Anna Maria Island and surrounding communities to come together and join the krewe this weekend for the annual pirate invasion on Coquina Beach, which is at the southern end of the island. There will be a pirate ship skirmish, treasure hunt, kids zone, sandcastle competition and numerous vendors plus lots of live music. Big Daddy, Kettle of Fish are among the acts performing Saturday. Sunday's live music roster includes The Patti B Band as well as Kim Betts and her Gamble Creek band.

  • Wholetones

    7-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday; WSLR 96.5, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota; $10 (Saturday), $5 (Sunday); atomicholidaybazaar.com

    Sub-Atomic

    If you just can’t wait until December to experience the serious handmade crafts of the Atomic Holiday Bazaar, you can get a fix this weekend that should tide you over. Atomic has teamed up with WSLR 96.5 to bring you Sub-Atomic, a two-day fest of music and crafts that will benefit the community radio station. The Wholetones (pictured) bring their blend of bluegrass, folk, jazz and metal to the Saturday night kickoff party, along with the wares of over 30 indie crafters, food and drinks. The party continues on Sunday with Atomic vendors, food, drinks and acoustic music by Scott Stevenson and Alli Fuchs. (If you were at the Saturday show and present your ticket stub, entry is only $2.)

  • Damon Fowler HT 2013

    9 p.m. Friday; Aces Live;  Aces Live, 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton; $8 (advance), $12 (at the door); 795-3886; aceslivemusic.com.

    Damon Fowler

    Fresh off a tour of Norway with his Southern Hospitality group, bluesy roots rock star Damon Fowler, who appeared on the cover of Ticket in March, returns to Bradenton with his own band to headline his fourth annual Sugar Back Ball at Aces Live. Incidentally, Friday's show marks Fowler's first performance in Manatee County since he relocated from Bradenton Beach to Lakeland. Yep, expect another big turnout for this one. Also, attendees are encouraged to wear a costume, there will be prizes for best dressed, and come ready to dance.