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SRQ DAILY Mar 8, 2024

Friday Weekend Edition

Friday Weekend Edition

"The play is very creepy and has a lot of psychological horror to it and a little bit of physical horror as well"

- Kelly Woodland, Director, Misery.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Misery at The Players Centre
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

Psychological horror makes its mark at The Players Centre with its production of Misery. The play, written by William Goldman, who also wrote the screenplay for the 1990 hit film of the same name, was initially adapted from Stephen King’s 1987 novel Misery.

The premise is simple: famed romance author Paul Sheldon finds himself bedridden in an isolated cabin after being in a car accident deep in the Colorado mountains. His caretaker, Annie Wilkes, claims to have saved him from the accident. She’s also his biggest fan. As the play progresses, Paul begins to realize that he hasn’t been saved–he’s being held captive.

“The play is very creepy and has a lot of psychological horror to it and a little bit of physical horror as well,” says director Kelly Woodland. "It’s an extremely physical undertaking for the actors. There are just three actors and all three have to be extremely physically fit. The story starts off very static, because Paul was in a car accident and can’t move but it ends up with a lot of action. It’s a very physical, very active story with a lot of violent developments that build throughout the play.”

Such an intense and intimate play requires a cast with great chemistry. Fortunately for Woodland, she couldn’t ask for a better pair of actors to play Paul and Annie. Real-life married couple Allison Guerrero-Heideman and Jeremy Guerrero-Heideman star as the two leads, with Jeremy also working as the fight choreographer for the production. “Because of the nature of this story, the production has been quite the journey,” says Woodland. “I’m very fortunate because I have an extremely proficient fight choreographer in Jeremy, who’s playing the male lead and is married to the woman playing the female lead. Not only do they have the opportunity to work together a lot, but I’ve also collaborated with them before. It allowed me to jump over all of the potential awkwardness between the two actors.”

March 10 at 2pm, Studio 1130, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 1130, Sarasota, Box Office: 941.365.2494.


Pictured: Allison Guerrero-Heideman as Annie Wilkes Photo courtesy of The Players Centre.

[Arts & Entertainment]  The Ringling Presents BelO in Concert
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

“When you are in Haiti you listen to all kinds of music whether you want to or not,” says Jean Bélony Murat with a laugh. “Because we are Caribbean people and we listen to music so loudly, sometimes you are listening to music from your neighbor’s house or from the churches or from the Vodou camps. Plus we listen to all kinds of music, from African music to Jamaican music to American music.” For Murat, better known by his stage name BélO, music has shaped his life. One of Haiti’s most beloved contemporary musicians, BélO grew up just north of Port-au-Prince in Pétion-Ville, where music is an integral part of the culture.

However, BélO did not grow up in a musical family. An entirely self-taught artist, BélO started making music at age 11 to try and address the societal issues that he saw around him on a daily basis. “I started making music by the age of 11 because I needed to say something,” says BélO. “I just thought that there were so many things to say in society. Music was the easiest way for me to reach out to my people.” From there, BélO developed his own style of music, known as “Ragganga” a fusion of the genres he listened to growing up from Jazz to Rock to traditional Afro-Haitian rhythms.

This weekend, after winning numerous awards and touring the world, BélO comes to Sarasota to perform at The Ringling’s Historic Asolo Theater. BélO’s performance will continue The Ringling’s Art of Performance season that is dedicated to celebrating artists from Francophone countries. Part of what is special about BélO, is not just his unique style of music, it’s the messages that are found within. BélO’s entire musical identity has been built around addressing the social issues in his home country and calling for change. “With my music, I didn’t want it to be music that people can only dance to. I wanted to say something. In order for people to understand and to act, they have to listen to it,” says BélO. “That’s why I chose to come up with something that some people can just sit down and listen to–you can listen and dance to it in a festival or a theater, but the consciousness about my music made me feel like I had to come up with something different from what we were used to hearing.”

March 8-9, 2024, Historic Asolo Theatre, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, 941-370-7399.


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[Arts & Entertainment]  Sarasota Opera's Winter Opera Festival Final Two Weeks

Don’t miss Sarasota Opera's final 2 weeks of its thrilling Winter Opera Festival with performances of Bizet’s Carmen, Donizetti’s Lucia Di Lammermoor, Verdi’s Luisa Miller (which opens this Saturday), and Joseph Haydn’s delightful comedy, Deceit Outwitted (L’infedeltà delusa). This Festival continues with performances at the historic and beautiful Sarasota Opera House (61 N. Pineapple Avenue) through March 24. Get your tickets today! For tickets and information: https://www.sarasotaopera.org/2023-2024-season 

Pictured: Ashley Milanese as Lucia in Lucia Di Lammermoor. Photo by Rod Millington.

[Arts & Entertainment]  WBTT Presents An Intimate Evening with Jennifer Holliday

On Monday, March 11, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will present "An Intimate Evening with Jennifer Holliday," featuring the original Effie from the Broadway smash hit, "Dreamgirls." The evening will include lite bites and beverages from Rosemary and Thyme, an hour presentation – featuring stories about Holliday's extensive career and songs by the fabulous Broadway icon – and then a meet & greet with the artist, with photo opportunities and dessert. From her early days as a girl singing solos with the choir at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Houston, Tex. to her years on the Broadway stage and beyond, Holliday’s inimitable voice has riveted the hearts of audiences from around the world. Making her Broadway debut in 1980 at the age of 19 in the revival of "Your Arms Are Too Short To Box With God," she went on to star in the lead role as the iconic Effie “Melody” White in the 1981 smash hit, "Dreamgirls." Holliday immortalized Effie, forever creating a template for delivering gut-wrenching, timeless performances, evidenced in her garnering a Grammy® Award for the performance of the show-stopping torch ballad, “And I am Telling You, I'm Not Going" and a coveted Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Effie. From 1985 to 1992, Holliday had five Top 10 singles on the R&B and dance charts and her star continued to shine brightly, with collaborations and appearances with megastars: Barbra Streisand, Luther Vandross, David Foster, Paul Simon, Michael Jackson, Maurice White and Foreigner. Moviegoers can hear Holliday's voice on soundtracks for films "In The Mood: The Sonny Wisecarver Story" (1987), "I'm Gonna Get You Sucka" (1988), "The Five Heartbeats" (1991), "Amazing Grace" (2006) and "Why Did I Get Married" (2007). In addition to multiple TV appearances, Holliday returned to theatre and appeared in "The Color Purple," "Chicago," "Sing Mahalia Sing: The Mahalia Jackson Story," "Downhearted Blues: The Bessie Smith Story" and "Grease." The powerhouse Broadway diva still performs solo concerts across the country and around the world. She also loves to play golf when time permits. Holliday is a longtime dedicated supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. She also supports the MS Society as well as serves as an advocate for mental health and suicide prevention. The program takes place at 6 p.m. at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (1012 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota). Tickets are $200; there are still seats remaining for the event. Visit westcoastblacktheatre.org or call the Box Office at 941-366-1505.


Pictured: The original Effie in the Broadway smash hit Dreamgirls, Jennifer Holliday, is the special guest for WBTT's upcoming An Intimate Evening with Jennifer Holliday. Photo courtesy of WBTT.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Presents Four Duos in April

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents four concerts in April, all featuring duos. Violin Channel “Rising Star” Hina Khuong-Huu and Steinway Artist Rohan De Silva perform a soirée concert on April 1 at the Fischer/Weisenborne residence. Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd and his wife, American cellist Laura Metcalf – Boyd Meets Girl – are featured in a luncheon concert on April 4 at Sarasota Yacht Club. Married pianists Catherine Lan and Tan Lin bring Duo Beaux Arts to the Studio for Performing Arts Recital Hall at State College of Florida on April 16. Artist Series Concerts’ international competition winners Shannon Lee, violin, and Ying Li, piano, perform on April 28 and 29 at the Fischer/Weisenborne residence. For tickets and more information, visit ArtistSeriesConcerts.org or call (941) 306-1202. Hina Khuong-Huu, Violin Channel “Rising Star” and first prize winner of the 2023 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition, performs around the globe. She has collaborated with artists such as Grammy Award-winner Jennifer Koh and shared a stage with Maxim Vengerov at Carnegie Hall and Buckingham Palace. Khuong-Huu and Steinway Artist Rohan De Silva, whose collaborations with Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Midori, Joshua Bell and others have been acclaimed worldwide, will present a soirée concert at 4:00 pm on April 1 in the music room of the Fischer/Weisenborne residence in Sarasota. The duo will perform compositions by Saint-Saëns, Frank, Wagner, and Ravel. Single ticket: $60. Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd and his wife, American cellist Laura Metcalf, have toured the world as Boyd Meets Girl, sharing their eclectic mix of music from Schubert to Radiohead and Beyoncé. The duo arranges much of their repertoire themselves, drawing inspiration from artists across all genres, and they speak from the stage to create an engaging, conversational concert experience. This luncheon concert on April 4 at Sarasota Yacht Club features, in part, their own arrangements of works by Lennon/McCartney, Debussy, Bach, Shaw, and Price. Single ticket: $68 (includes lunch). Founded in 2008 by the husband-and-wife team of internationally renowned pianists Catherine Lan and Tao Lin, Duo Beaux Arts takes the power of the piano and doubles it. Known for their adrenalized performances, this dynamic duo has performed to critical acclaim across the U.S., Europe, and China. This recital features works for piano “four hands” and two pianos, including Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos in D major, K448; Schubert’s Fantasie in f minor for piano four hands, Op 940; and pieces by Vivaldi, Debussy, and Strauss. The pair perform at the Studio for Performing Arts Recital Hall at State College of Florida on April 16 at 7:30 pm. Single ticket: $40. The April concerts conclude at the Fischer/Weisenborne residence with Shannon Lee, violin and Ying Li, piano on April 28 and April 29 at 4:00 p.m. The first place winners of Artist Series Concerts’ 2017 and 2018 international violin and piano competitions join forces for this spectacular soirée program. Lee made her solo debut with the Dallas Symphony at age 12. Since then, she has been a prize winner in the Sendai Competition in Japan, the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium, and the Shanghai Isaac Stern Competition. Li won first place of Young Concert Artists 2021 Susan Wadsworth International Auditions, and recently made her Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center recital debuts. Single ticket: $60. For tickets and more information, visit ArtistSeriesConcerts.org or call (941) 306-1202. 

Photo courtesy of Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Sarasota Jewish Theatre to Celebrate Success During Luncheon at Michael's On East on March 26

9 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. The event will honor Carolyn Michel and Howard Millman and include SJT’s 2024-2025 season announcement. Tickets range from $90-$225; to make reservations, visit SarasotaJewishTheatre.org. SJT’s first production of the 2023-2024 season, Becky Mode’s “Fully Committed,” sold out its scheduled run and an added performance. Larry Gelbart’s “Better Late," which runs from March 13-21, is sold out. The final production of the season, “The Immigrant” by Mark Harelik which runs from May 1-12, is expected to sell out as well. Carole Kleinberg, SJT’s artistic director, stated, “Carolyn Michel and Howard Millman have not only been the most dedicated advocates for Sarasota Jewish Theatre but for many other arts and health and human service organizations in Sarasota and beyond. We are privileged to benefit from their leadership and support, and eager to honor them during this celebration.” Luncheon attendees will be the first to hear what SJT is planning for its 2024-2025 season. For more information about Sarasota Jewish Theatre, and to make luncheon reservations, visit SarasotaJewishTheatre.org.  

[Arts & Entertainment]  Arts Advocates Presents The First Lady of the Highwaymen Lecture on March 27

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Arts Advocates is proud to present “The First Lady of the Highwaymen,” a history lecture about the legacy of artist Mary Ann Carroll, on March 27, 2:00-4:30 p.m., in the Arts Advocates Gallery located in the Crossings at Siesta Key mall, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. The lecture will be presented by Carroll’s daughter, Dr. Wanda Renee Mills. After the lecture, attendees will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with Mills. Registration (free for Arts Advocates members; $20 for non-members) is required at ArtsAdvocates.org. The Florida Highwaymen were a group of 26 African American landscape artists, mostly self-taught from the Fort Pierce, Florida area, active from the mid-1950s into the 1980s. Because of the racial climate at the time, no galleries would accept their work, so they sold their art door to door or from the trunks of their cars along Florida’s eastern coast. The only female Florida Highwaymen painter, Carroll, whose landscapes are noteworthy for their vibrant colors, faced additional social and economic hurdles. The group’s renown grew internationally during the early 2000s, and in 2004 all 26 Florida Highwaymen were inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame. In 2011, Carroll presented a painting to Michelle Obama at the First Lady’s Luncheon in Washington, D.C. Mills travels Florida to speak about her mother's historic legacy and has donated 12 of her mother's artworks to Florida universities. To learn more about or become a member of Arts Advocates, or to register for this event, visit ArtsAdvocates.org. 

Pictured: Artwork by Florida Highwaymen artist Mary Ann Carroll.

[Arts & Entertainment]  The Perlman Music Program Suncoast Presents The Ariel Quartet American Dream

The Perlman Music Program Suncoast (PMP Suncoast) presents the Ariel Quartet's new program, “American Dream,” Thursday, April 4, 7 p.m., at The Ora, 578 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. The concert is presented in partnership with The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at PMPSuncoast.org.  

Pictured: Ariel Quartet. Photo by Marco Borggreve.

[Arts & Entertainment]  The Sarasota Players Announces its 95th Season

The Sarasota Players is proud to announce its 95th Season as Sarasota’s community theatre. The event will be held at their theatre space at The Crossings at Siesta Key (3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34239) on March 18 at 6pm. Staff and supporters of the first performing arts organization in Sarasota will enjoy performances and updates about the theatre, along with seeing the upcoming 2024-25 lineup for the first time! The event will feature light bites and is free to the public. The Players is the perfect place for anyone in the community looking to become involved in the performing arts. From volunteering on the stage, in our costume shop, scenic department, painting or help us organize, there’s a way for everyone to join our family. It’s the perfect environment to learn and grow in. Even if you’ve never been involved with The Players, we encourage you to join us and learn more about what we have to offer.

March 18 at 6pm, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 1130, Sarasota. Please park and enter the mall by Connor’s Steak and Seafood.


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[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Fresh Harvest Farmers Market at Wellen Park , June 25 – December 29, 9 am to 1 pm

Visit Fresh Harvest, the newly launched weekly farmers market in Downtown Wellen. Fresh Harvest offers a selection of local goods from nearly 40 local vendors. Fresh Harvest takes place every Sunday in Downtown Wellen from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees can peruse different vendor booths and stock up on a variety of goods. Vendors will offer a wide variety of locally grown and produced food, including herbs, spices, cut flowers, teas, canned and preserved fruits and vegetables, syrups, baked goods, pickled foods, fresh seafood, meats, poultry, eggs, milk and prepared food and beverages. A limited selection of craft vendors also participate in the farmers market. For a listing of participating vendors and more information on Fresh Harvest Farmers Market, visit wellenpark.com/events/fresh-harvest-farmers-market. Downtown Wellen, 19745 Wellen Park Blvd., Venice.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sights and Sounds at Waterside Place , July 28 – May 31, 6 to 9 p.m.

Head out to Waterside Place for a rocking evening as part of the Lakewood Ranch Sights and Sounds Program. Enjoy a live concert in partnership with Easterseals and EveryoneRocks, featuring artists who are rocking their spectrum. This event is free and open to the public; there is limited seating at the Plaza, but attendees are welcome to bring their own seats. Food and beverages will be available from numerous Waterside Place merchants. For more information on shows, dates, and times, visit lakewoodranch.com/sights-sounds/. Waterside Place, 1560 Lakefront Dr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  FOOD: Siesta Key Rum Distillery Tours , September 2 – September 30, Various times

Siesta Key Rum runs free year-round tours for guests to learn the story of the craft distillery, the awards they have won and the secret to how they make their rums taste so good. During our 30-45 minute tour we will discuss the following topics: history of Siesta Key Rum, an overview of the awards our small company has won, what makes our rums taste so good, the rum-making process from mashing and fermentation to distillation, barrel aging and bottling of our rums. After the tour, we welcome you to sample a freshly made Siesta Key Rum cocktail, stock up on your favorite rums and browse our gift shop. 2212 Industrial Blvd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  FOOD: Farmers Market at Lakewood Ranch , September 3 – September 30, 10am-2pm

Experience some of the best food and flavors of the region with more than 100, and still growing, curated vendors. The Farmers Market at Lakewood Ranch has fast become a favorite weekly tradition for people from all over the region seeking farm-fresh produce, delicious prepared foods, and specialty items and gifts. Aside from all the goodies you can shop at the Farmers Market, find your flow in a free yoga class or have the kiddos get creative during weekly-hosted workshops. 1561 Lakefront Dr., Lakewood Ranch.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Clyde Butcher: Nature Through the Lens , November 11 – August 31, N/a

Clyde Butcher: Nature Through the Lens will be on view through August 31, 2024 at the Historic Spanish Point campus. Selby Gardens is excited to present the extraordinary imagery of photographer and conservationist Clyde Butcher throughout the grounds of the Historic Spanish Point campus. Large-scale prints on aluminum of Butcher’s beautiful photographs of plants, animals, and habitats of Florida will be exhibited amid the natural landscape of the 30-acre waterfront preserve, enabling the public to engage with the artist’s work like never before. In the tradition of earlier landscape photographers like Ansel Adams, Butcher captures the beauty and majesty of America’s natural treasures in dramatic black and white. The unique environments of Florida have been subjects of particular interest to Butcher since the 1980s, when he was first introduced to the magic and mystery of sites such as Big Cypress National Preserve and Everglades National Park. Nature Through the Lens will include Butcher’s photographs of regional locales such as Myakka River State Park and Casey Key. This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Clyde Butcher Gallery & Studio in Venice, Florida. For more information, visit selby.org.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Shinique Smith, Parade , January 4 – January 5, Various times

Enjoy the extraordinary opportunity to experience the work of contemporary artist Shinique Smith in conversation with the collection of European art at The Ringling. Unfolding across six galleries of the Museum of Art, the exhibition creates a series of unique stories that together form an abstract narrative of the parade as a metaphor for life. Well known for her monumental sculptures created from an array of materials, including luxurious textiles, personal clothing, dyed fabrics, ribbon, and wood, and for her abstract paintings of calligraphy and collage, Smiths work in this exhibition speaks to various facets of the European artistic tradition, such as classical drapery and religious iconography, while foregrounding notions of Black femininity and the history of the circus. Learn more at ringling.org.

[SOON]  GALLERY: The Women Contemporary Artists Annual Member Exhibition , February 9 – March 21, Various times
The Women Contemporary Artists 2024 exhibit will open on Friday, February 9 at Art and Frame of Sarasota Gallery Hall, located at 1055 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The public is invited to the opening reception where all members, including painters, photographers, sculptors, ceramicists, fiber artists, printmakers and mixed media artists have work on display. This event also marks the 25th Year the WCA organization has been supporting creative, professional women actively engaged in the visual fine arts. This event is free and open to the public. Visit: WomenContemporaryArtists.com.
[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Circus Sarasota , February 16 – March 10, Various times

Each year, Circus Sarasota the professional arm of the Circus Arts Conservatory, offers a showcase of top global circus artists performing in a one-ring traditional circus setting. Featuring new and innovative acts, the Circus Sarasota 2024 production will offer high-flying action, heart-stopping thrills, laugh-out-loud comedic antics, and acts that defy both expectations and the boundaries of physical limitations. Circus Sarasota runs Friday, February 16-Sunday, March 10, 2024; showtimes are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 2 and 7 p.m.; Fridays at 7 p.m.; and Sundays at 1 and 5 p.m. Performances take place under a brand new, custom-designed Big Top at Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota. Tickets are $30-$80, and there is a 20 percent discount on the opening week, thanks to support from WWSB ABC 7. Parking can be secured on-site for $10. Visit circusarts.org or call the Box Office at 941-355-9805.

[SOON]  THEATER: Ruby , February 28 – April 7, Various times

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is thrilled to finally bring to the stage the world-premiere musical, Ruby. The show is a musical retelling of the true story of the shocking killing of a White doctor in Live Oak, Fla., and the Black woman, Ruby McCollum, who was accused of his murder. Ruby is a fascinating, powerful story, one that has been touched upon in books and documentary films. Now it finally takes the stage live in what promises to be an emotional musical drama. Performances take place in the Donelly Theatre at 1012 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $50/adults, $20/students and active military. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit westcoastblacktheatre.org or call the Box Office at 941-366-1505.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: 2024 Lakewood Ranch Irish Celtic Festival , March 9, 11:30am-4pm
Get your Irish on at our epic Irish Celtic Festival and Lucky Dog Parade. It is the perfect St. Patricks Day celebration. Enjoy Celtic food, craft beers, and sensational entertainment. Kids will have a blast too, with face painting and park fun. Do not miss the Lucky Dog Parade and the 21 and up Relay Race. To learn more, visit LWRIrishCelticFestival.org.
[SOON]  MUSIC: Masterworks, Rhapsody in Blue at 100 , March 14 – March 17, Various times
Under the direction of Creative Partner Peter Oundjian, Sarasota Orchestra celebrates the 100th anniversary of the premiere of the jazz-infused Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin. American pianist Michelle Cann joins as the soloist for the iconic piece, as well as Piano Concerto by Florence Price. The concert opens with the wit of Overture to The Thieving Magpie by Rossini and closes with the emotionally packed Fifth Symphony by Tchaikovsky. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit sarasotaorchestra.org.
[SOON]  SPORTS: Wellen Park Half Marathon and 5K , March 16, 7:45am

Wellen Park invites the community to participate in its second annual Half Marathon and 5K, presented by Hotwire Communications, Saturday, March 16, 2024. The 13.1-mile course is certified by USA Track and Field. Both races start and finish at Solis Hall in Downtown Wellen, with an awards ceremony to recognize male and female winners in the following categories: overall, masters, grand masters, senior grandmasters, veterans grandmasters and top three finishers in each age group. Runners and attendees are encouraged to dress up and celebrate St. Patricks Day with festive green gear. Attendees will also enjoy live music from Solis Hall’s outdoor stage, beverages and food from different Downtown Wellen restaurants and The Yard eateries. The half marathon is open to runners 15 and older and starts at 7:30 a.m. The 5K run starts at 7:45 a.m. and is open to runners and walkers of all ages, with strollers and leashed dogs permitted. The half marathon and the 5K have also been cleared for disabled runners. The course is flat, paved and will be well-marked. Entry fees are $85 for the half marathon and $35 for the 5K, spots are limited. Registration for the half marathon and 5K closes March 15 at 5 p.m. Registration and event details, such as race packet pick-up, are available at runsignup.com/Race/FL/Venice/WellenParkHalfMarathonand5K.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Jazz Festival , March 17 – March 23, Various times

The Sarasota Jazz Festival returns this March. The event will feature concerts, the jazz trolley pub crawl, late-night jazz jams, jazz films and more. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit jazzclubsarasota.org.

[SOON]  DANCE: Celtic Throne, The Royal Journey of Irish Dance , June 2, 7:30pm
Irish dancers and musicians from Edmonds Herbert W. Armstrong College and Armstrong Dance will embark on their fifth U.S. tour beginning May 5, visiting 10 states over seven weeks with their show Celtic Throne, The Royal Journey of Irish Dance. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall will host a one-night performance at 7:30 p.m., June 2. Celtic Throne, The Royal Journey of Irish Dance explores the ancient origins of Irish step dance and celebrates the millennia-long journey of a music-and-dance-loving people as they migrate from the ancient Near East to Ireland, Scotland, England and the United States. Tickets to Celtic Throne, The Royal Journey of Irish Dance begin at $25 and can be purchased at VanWezel.org. For more information, please visit celticthrone.com.
[SOON]  MUSIC: Kenny G , May 5, 7pm

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is excited to welcome Kenny G to Sarasota on Sunday, May 5, 2024 at 7pm.  Tickets start at $40 and can be purchased at www.VanWezel.org, by calling the box office at 941-263-6799 or by visiting the box office Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Groups of 10 or more should contact 941-263-6726. Pre-show dining is available through Mattisons at the Van Wezel which is located inside the theatre. Reservations can be made on VanWezel.org or through the box office.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Theresa Caputo Live, The Experience , April 11, 7:30pm

For more than a decade, Theresa Caputo, known worldwide as the Long Island Medium, and star of the new Lifetime Series Raising Spirits, has touched the lives of millions of fans, comforting supporters when they need it most. Now Sarasota fans will get their chance at healing when the acclaimed medium and beloved personality appears live at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Thursday, April 11 at 7:30pm. Known for her unique ability to communicate with those who have passed on, Theresa Caputo Live: The Experience brings Theresa face-to-face with her fans as Spirit guides her through the audience. A full-stage video display ensures that everyone in the theater has an up-close experience regardless of seat location. Through personal life stories, candid humor, and intimate details about her gift to communicate with those who have passed, the beloved television personality and best-selling author delivers healing messages to her audience, reassuring them with the revelation that their deceased loved ones are still with them, just in a different way. Recognized as one of the most renowned mediums for over 20 years, Theresa Caputo Live: The Experience is an awe-inspiring event you will not want to miss. Learn more about Theresa at www.theresacaputo.com. Tickets start at $64.23 and can be purchased at www.VanWezel.org, by calling the box office at 941-263-6799 or by visiting the box office. Pre-show dining is available through Mattison’s at the Van Wezel which is located inside the theatre. Reservations can be made on VanWezel.org or through the box office.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Wild About Nature Festival , April 6, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Join us for a day of fun and outdoor adventure at the Wild About Nature Festival on Saturday, April 6, 2024 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Reconnect with the great outdoors and help foster a love of nature in the next generation as you spend a day in the sun on the beautiful shores of Little Sarasota Bay at Bay Preserve. Families of all ages are encouraged to take part in this fun-filled day of nature-based education and exploration. The wide variety of activities includes dip-netting, face painting, hula-hoop lessons, crafts, games, and more. There will be live music and food trucks making this a guaranteed good time. This is a FREE family festival open to all. Registration is not required. The event will take place at our Bay Preserve headquarters located at 400 Palmetto Ave. in Osprey. For more information, visit conservationfoundation.com.
[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel Presents The Concert, A Tribute to ABBA , May 4, 8pm

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is excited to welcome The Concert, A Tribute to ABBA to Sarasota on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 8 p.m. The Concert: A Tribute To ABBA continues to be the top ABBA tribute group in the world, dazzling all who see with their fantastic performance while playing the most iconic hits from ABBA, including Mamma Mia, S.O.S, Money, Money, Money, The Winner Takes All, Waterloo, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, and Dancing Queen. Tickets are $30-$75 and can be purchased at www.VanWezel.org, by calling the box office at 941-263-6799 or by visiting the box office Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Groups of 10 or more should contact 941-263-6726. Pre-show dining is available through Mattisons at the Van Wezel which is located inside the theatre. Reservations can be made on VanWezel.org or through the box office.

[SOON]  MUSIC: George Thorogood and The Destroyers , May 1, 7:30 pm
The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is excited to welcome George Thorogood and The Destroyers to Sarasota on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at 7:30pm. Five decades, 15 million albums and more than 8,000 performances later, few bands can still rock the house like George Thorogood and Destroyers. Tickets start at $41.50 and can be purchased at www.VanWezel.org, by calling the box office at 941-263-6799 or by visiting the box office Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Groups of 10 or more should contact 941-263-6726.
[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Family Saturdays , March 23 – May 25, 10am-12pm
Kids and kids at heart can enjoy fun art and nature activities on Saturday mornings, at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens on March 23, April 27, and May 25. Activities will run from 10 a.m. to noon each day, and participation is included in admission to the Gardens, which is always free for Selby Gardens members. These Family Saturdays celebrate the current exhibition on view, Yayoi Kusama: A Letter to Georgia OKeeffe. Several activity stations with different art-focused projects will be set up in the Ann Goldstein Childrens Rainforest Garden during each monthly event. The goal is to invite kids of all ages to explore the artwork of Yayoi Kusama and Georgia OKeeffe through activities that also connect them to the natural environment. Admission to Selby Gardens Downtown Sarasota campus is $26 for adults, $11 for ages 5 to 17, and free for children 4 and under. Tickets may be purchased online in advance at selby.org. Selby Gardens members always receive complimentary admission as well as discounts for guests. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit selby.org.
[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Sidewalk Astronomy , March 15, 7:30-10pm
Join us under the stars for a night of good eating and great observing. We have partnered with the Local Group of Deep Sky Observers to bring Sidewalk Astronomy to The Bishop. At this free event, you can see the Moon, Jupiter, and much more through powerful telescopes. You will even have a chance to win a free Celestron StarSense Explorer 10-inch Dobsonian telescope. We have also partnered with the FEWD Taco Tent and the Edible Cookie Dough Cafe for you to enjoy a bite to eat while observing the universe. Drinks, including beer, wine, soda, and water, will be available for purchase. In addition to telescopes and tacos, you will have a chance to see our newest Planetarium show, Big Astronomy, at 8, 8:45, and 9pm for just $3 per person. For more information, visitbishopscience.org.
[SOON]  SEMINAR: The Dawn of Civilization with David Miano , March 17 – April 21, 2-3:30pm
We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new line of live online courses featuring the expertise of Dr. David Miano. In this six-part series, we will study the emergence of the first complex societies in the ancient Near East, beginning with the earliest settlements in the Epipaleolithic period and finishing with the development of the first empire in the mid-third millennium BCE. We will pay special attention to how societies grew across the expanse of time, from small hunter-gatherer villages to large consolidated states, taking a close look at the invention of agriculture, the wheel, bronze metallurgy, writing, literature, and the development of religion and government. To do this, we will rely on material remains, primary source documents, and art, which illuminate the unique features of ancient Near Eastern societies. Enroll now to take advantage of this exclusive opportunity to learn from one of the best, live on Zoom. To enroll and learn more, visit mianoacademy.org.
[SOON]  THEATER: Improvisational Drama Workshop Series , January 24 – March 12, 1-3pm

The Ringling invites older adults to participate in this free improvisational drama workshop series on the Strengths and Challenges of aging. The workshop series is free for all 55 and older community residents. No acting experience is necessary. Please note that this is not taking place at The Ringling. The weekly workshops will be held at: The Pines of Sarasota Healthcare, Cullers Hall, 1501 N Orange Ave, Sarasota. Your talents, abilities, and creativity will be explored through fun-filled improvisational theater games in a safe, creative, and inspiring environment. Through creating various drama characters, participants will experience the strengths, joys, and challenges of aging. Improvisational drama is a form of theater in which characters and dialogue of a story are made up in the moment…there are no written scripts. Participants tap into and celebrate their creativity while interacting and learning from their peers. The program will culminate in a celebration of your work, held at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Please email education@ringling.org or call 941-358-2693 to register. Space in this workshop is limited; please register as soon as possible.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Under My Skin , February 2 – March 16, Various times

SPAACES is pleased to announce a new solo exhibition by Babs Reingold Under My Skin. This is the first solo exhibition by Babs in Sarasota. The exhibition includes a series of new stain paintings/assemblages, sculptures from the Luna Window series, and a group of small drawings. 2087 Princeton St., Sarasota, https://spaaces.art/under-my-skin/.

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