Sarasota Events


  Coming Events | Recurring Events
 

Coming Events

|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec|Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|
 

October


Beer, Bands & BBQ
Sat. Oct. 1
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2ND ANNUAL BEER, BANDS &BBQ -10 National and local beers will be on tap -7 Yummy, local restaurants will be serving up BBQ inspired dishes -6 Top, local bands will take the stage for 45 minute sets -5 Music Compound students will perform bw bands
Location: Sarasota Polo Grounds
Information: www.musiccompound.com or 941.379.9100
Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves
Oct 5 - Jan 29
Various Dates & Times
Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves celebrates the women who have captivated the world with their dynamic personalities and fierce vocals. From the 1970s to today, female artists have been pop pioneers; pushing boundaries and charting new musical territory. Featuring songs by powerhouse performers such as Cher, Tina Turner, Reba McEntire, and Peggy Lee. "If you really want something you can.. make it happen" - Cher
Location: Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Avenue
Information: www.floridastudiotheatre.org or 941.366.9000
Yoga Fundraiser: Face Autism
Sat. Oct. 8
4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Join Face Autism, Inc. and Soul to Soul Yoga LLC for an Adult Yoga Class, October 8th at 4:00 p.m.! All proceeds to benefit Face Autism. $10 Suggested Cash or Check (Made Out to Face Autism) Donation.
Location: Soul To Soul Yoga, 5581 Broadcast Ct,
Information: www.facebook.com/events/1188389517878730/ or 941.702.2035
BMX Supercross World Cup
Sat. Oct. 8
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Watch the world’s fastest BMX racers at the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup finals in Sarasota, Florida October 8-9 2016. The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup is the premier BMX racing series in the world, followed by thousands of fans and broadcasted in over 70 countries.
Location: SRQ BMX - 1500 North Tuttle Avenue
Information: http://sarasotabmxsx.com/
BMX Supercross World Cup
Sun. Oct. 9
11:45 AM - 5:45 PM
Watch the world’s fastest BMX racers at the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup finals in Sarasota, Florida October 8-9 2016. The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup is the premier BMX racing series in the world, followed by thousands of fans and broadcasted in over 70 countries.
Location: SRQ BMX - 1500 North Tuttle Avenue
Information: http://sarasotabmxsx.com/
Jazz + SCD
Thu. Oct. 13
7:30 PM
Sarasota Contemporary Dance will join forces with renowned Jazz musicians led by Shane Chalke for a collaborative performance. These four performances promise to become an SCD season highlight, reminiscent of the company's earlier successful partnership with Jazz Juvenocracy. With new arrangements of Jazz favorites from his latest CD, “Jazz in Thin Air”, Shane Chalke (a popular local Jazz trumpeter) promises to bring a fresh perspective as SCD adds their contemporary flavor throughout the evening of Jazz delicacies.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts
Information: sarasotacontemporarydance.org or 941.359.0099
Art Exhibit- Gay Germain: Sculpture Garden Conversations
Fri. Oct. 14
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The [blank] slate gallery is pleased to present its October exhibition "Sculpture Garden Conversations", a six-year work in progress series by Sarasota artist Gay Germain. A meet and greet with the artist will be held on Friday, October 14th during Burns Court's Second Friday Sip & Stroll from 5-8 pm.
Location: Blank Slate Gallery, 538 S. Pineapple Ave
Information: www.blankslategallery.com or 941.312.5700
Jazz + SCD
Fri. Oct. 14
7:30 PM
Sarasota Contemporary Dance will join forces with renowned Jazz musicians led by Shane Chalke for a collaborative performance. These four performances promise to become an SCD season highlight, reminiscent of the company's earlier successful partnership with Jazz Juvenocracy. With new arrangements of Jazz favorites from his latest CD, “Jazz in Thin Air”, Shane Chalke (a popular local Jazz trumpeter) promises to bring a fresh perspective as SCD adds their contemporary flavor throughout the evening of Jazz delicacies.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts
Information: sarasotacontemporarydance.org or 941.359.0099
SPARCC Raise the Roof Party
Sat. Oct. 15
7:00 PM
Come join the fun as we celebrate and cheer on SPARCC's teams who are participating in an out-of-the-box fundraiser. We will be at Michael's East, turnin' it up at SPARCC's Raise the Roof Party. Your ticket helps SPARCC and gets you tasty bites, cocktails and music. We'll be having big screens set up to track teams in real time while we party and feast on anticipation waiting for the racers. Then we all dance together, like superheroes.
Location: Michael's On East
Information: www.crowdrise.com/sparccamazingraise or 941.365.0208
Jazz + SCD
Sat. Oct. 15
7:30 PM
Sarasota Contemporary Dance will join forces with renowned Jazz musicians led by Shane Chalke for a collaborative performance. These four performances promise to become an SCD season highlight, reminiscent of the company's earlier successful partnership with Jazz Juvenocracy. With new arrangements of Jazz favorites from his latest CD, “Jazz in Thin Air”, Shane Chalke (a popular local Jazz trumpeter) promises to bring a fresh perspective as SCD adds their contemporary flavor throughout the evening of Jazz delicacies.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts
Information: sarasotacontemporarydance.org or 941.359.0099
Celtic Thunder
Sat. Oct. 15
8:00 PM
Celtic Thunder - “Legacy” is an exciting new live show that celebrates the influence of Irish and Celtic music around the world and the imprint that such music has made. Lively, fast paced and upbeat songs “A Place in The Choir” “Galway Girl” and “Raggle Taggle Gypsy” represent the fun loving nature of the Irish while the slower classic ballads “ Black Velvet Band” “Noreen” and “Mountains of Mourne” play to their nostalgic and romantic side. The Celtic Thunder vocalists are backed by the eight-piece Celtic Thunder Band on strings, guitars, percussion, whistles, pipes and more!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Underground Railroad
Sat. Oct. 15
11:00 AM
Speaker: Judy Bauer During the years prior to the Civil War, tens of thousands of African-American slaves won their freedom by heading north along the Underground Railroad.The railroad was comprised of dozens of secret routes and safe houses originating in the slaveholding states and extending all the way to the Canadian border. Shorter routes led south from Florida to Cuba or from Texas to Mexico. This intriguing talk with explore the harrowing experience of people determined to find freedom for themselves and their loved ones.
Location: Chidsey Building, 701 North Tamiami Trail
Information: foschc.org or 941.361.2453
Jazz + SCD
Sun. Oct. 16
2:00 PM
Sarasota Contemporary Dance will join forces with renowned Jazz musicians led by Shane Chalke for a collaborative performance. These four performances promise to become an SCD season highlight, reminiscent of the company's earlier successful partnership with Jazz Juvenocracy. With new arrangements of Jazz favorites from his latest CD, “Jazz in Thin Air”, Shane Chalke (a popular local Jazz trumpeter) promises to bring a fresh perspective as SCD adds their contemporary flavor throughout the evening of Jazz delicacies.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts
Information: sarasotacontemporarydance.org or 941.359.0099
Key To The Cure
Thu. Oct. 20
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation & esteemed partner Saks Fifth Avenue Sarasota present KTTC 2016. Event proceeds benefit Sarasota Memorial Health Care System's Women's Cancer Care Programs. To date, this event has raised more than $1,100,000 to further breast, ovarian, uterine and cervical cancer research and related projects in the Sarasota/Manatee community. All of the proceeds raised from the event will stay right here in Sarasota County and will go directly to Sarasota Memorial Health Care System (SMHCS) through the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation. This year's event is sure to engage, excite, and empower! Price: $125 per ticket
Location: Saks Fifth Avenue (at UTC)
Information: www.smhf.org or 941.917.1286
4th Annual Haunted Trails
Fri. Oct. 21
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
A spooky haunted trail for those who dare to be scared and a trick-or-treat trail for the more cautious! Lots of activities for kids, costume contests, spooky sounds, and more! A frightfully fun time for the howl family! Tickets will be presale only. Sales open in August. 5 & under FREE, 6-12 years $5, 13+ $10
Location: Oscar Scherer State Park, 1843 South Tamiami Trail
Information: www.floridastateparks.org/park-events/Oscar-Scherer or 941.483.5957
Women's Sports Museum Fundraising Kick-Off Gala
Sat. Oct. 22
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Join us in celebrating the achievements of women in sports who have given their time, energy, tears and triumphs to lead all women to heights beyond expectation as The Women's Sports Museum formally announces their intent to build here in Sarasota, Florida.
Location: Hyatt Regency Sarasota
Information: www.womenssportsmuseum.org/womens-sports-museum-fundraising-kick-off-gala/ or 941.351.0024
Doo Wop Spectacular
Sat. Oct. 22
7:30 PM
Veteran Doo-Wop artists are on the road again, crooning the songs you danced to at sock hops and reminding everyone that Doo-Wop is feel good music no matter what your age! Relive the “Good OL Days” of Rock & Roll. Live at Van Wezel, with some of the greatest performers from the Doowop ERA. Charlie Thomas & The Drifters (Under The Boardwalk, Up On the Roof, & Save The Last Dance). Remember Roulette Records Frankie Lymon’s Legendary Teenagers (Why Do Fools Fall In Love, ABC’s of Love, Goody Goody). The Mystics (Hushabye, Don’t Take The Stars). Where were you when you listened to Jimmy Gallagher & The Passions (Just To Be With You, Gloria). It’s a Night to Remember. Doo Wop lives again at Van Wezel.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
4th Annual Haunted Trails
Sat. Oct. 22
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
A spooky haunted trail for those who dare to be scared and a trick-or-treat trail for the more cautious! Lots of activities for kids, costume contests, spooky sounds, and more! A frightfully fun time for the howl family! Tickets will be presale only. Sales open in August. 5 & under FREE, 6-12 years $5, 13+ $10
Location: Oscar Scherer State Park, 1843 South Tamiami Trail
Information: www.floridastateparks.org/park-events/Oscar-Scherer or 941.483.5957
Stepping Out Against Domestic Violence
Sat. Oct. 22
9:00 AM
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Safe Place and Crisis Center (SPARCC) is hosting its annual walk, "Stepping Out Against Domestic Violence." As a group, we walk across the Ringling Bridge in a collective effort to raise awareness and be a voice for victims and survivors. After the walk coffee, water and snacks will be available, thanks to the generous in-kind donations from Starbucks, BJ's Wholesale Store and Flowers Baking Company. There is no fee to walk, but t-shirts are available for a $10.00 donation. The event is family and pet-friendly.
Location: J.D. Hamel Park
Information: sparcc.net/calendar/events/Stepping-Out-Against-Domestic-Violence or 941.365.0208
Mysteries to Die For
Fri. Oct. 28
6:00 PM
New York Times bestselling author and latent print examiner for the City of Cape Coral, Florida police department, Lisa Black will present her approach to what makes a great crime novel. Also features mystery writers - Wendy Dingwall, Shannon Esposito, Cheryl Hollon and Susan Santangelo in a panel discussion about mystery writing. Dress in costume. Cash bar, book signings.
Location: Selby Public Library
Information: www.scgov.net/library/Pages/default.aspx or 941.861.1110
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Fri. Oct. 28
8:00 PM
Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter returns to the road, performing songs from her expansive 14-album catalog and new songs from her latest record The Things That We Are Made Of, released May, 2016. Produced by 2016 Producer of the Year Grammy-nominee Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton), the album features eleven new songs written by Carpenter, and has received critical acclaim from NPR and Rolling Stone, among others.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Celtober Fest
Sat. Oct. 29
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
The New World Celts invites you to the first annual Celtober Fest at the Sarasota Fairgrounds, October 29th! Join us for a day of music, dance, beer, authentic celtic and international cultural activities! Dance the day away to local and national musicians performing celtic dance and traditional folk and celtic rock music! Sip on some award winning craft beers from Highland Brewery & try some interesting cultural food! other events at this festival will include kid zones, highland games athletic demonstrations, celtic encampment & more!
Location: Sarasota Fair Grounds
Information: celtoberfest.org/ or 941.379.9100
ZZ Top
Mon. Oct. 31
8:00 PM
“That Little ol’ Band from Texas”, ZZ Top, is at it again. More than 46 years after their formation in the Houston area, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees ZZ Top are hitting the road with their Hell Raisers Tour. ZZ Top is notable for having the most consistently stable lineup in the history of rock music. Singer/guitarist Billy F Gibbons, bassist/singer Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard continue to impress audiences, drawing material from their 15 studio albums, with combined record sales of over 25 million in the U.S. alone. Timeless hits like “La Grange,” “Legs,” “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers” (from which the tour was named) have kept generations of audiences coming back decade after decade.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368

 

November


Capitol Steps
Tue. Nov. 1
8:00 PM
With this year’s election season playing out more like a strange comedy, the Capitol Steps brings to the Van Wezel their brand of political chaos just before the November elections. Since they began over 30 years ago, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 35 albums, including their latest, What to Expect When You're Electing. This side-splitting performance is sure to bring down the House…and Senate. Come see the Capitol Steps put the “MOCK” in democracy before casting your vote!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Puttin' on the Poodle
Tue. Nov. 1
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Third Annual "Puttin' on the Poodle" luncheon at Michael's on East. Enjoy a special performance by Andrea Keddell and Carl Bowman of songs from "Bark! The Musical." Also a specially choreographed number by Penny and her Poodles. Benefit for Florida Poodle Rescue
Location: Michael's On East 1212 East Avenue South
Information: floridapoodlerescue.org/events/events.asp or 941.371.6798
Flip Flops & Fashion Luncheon
Thu. Nov. 3
11:30 AM
Escape to the beach for a fashion show and delicious luncheon in the shade of a giant tent at Sharky's on the Pier. Get tickets early for this sell-out event! All proceeds benefit Children First, a local organization serving at-risk children, birth to five years old, and their families.
Location: Sharky's on the Pier, 1600 Harbor Drive South, Venice
Information: www.childrenfirst.net/events/ or 941.953.3877
Rockin' Lobster Dinner & Beach Party
Sat. Nov. 5
6:30 PM
Come kick off your shoes for a fun evening lobster bake, rockin' music, dancing, beach bonfires and more. Tickets are limited. All proceeds benefit Children First, a local organization serving at-risk children, birth to 5 years old, and their families.
Location: Sharky's on the Pier, 1600 Harbor Drive South, Venice
Information: www.childrenfirst.net/events/ or 941.953.3877
Manatee Community Concert Band-"Let Freedom Ring"
Sat. Nov. 5
7:30 PM
The Manatee Community Concert Band and the Manatee County Veteran's Council are proud to present a FREE "Let Freedom Ring" Concert on November 5th, 7:30 pm, at the Manatee High School Auditorium, 902 33rd St. Ct. W., Bradenton. This concert will pay tribute to our Local Veterans highlighting your favorite American Patriotic Music including a special performance by the Andrew Sisters Act and other local musicians. This will be a true Patriotic Spectacular that you won't want to miss.
Location: Manatee High School Auditorium
Information: www.manateeconcertband.org or 941.462.3188
NBP Rowing Festival
Sat. Nov. 5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
NBP Rowing Festival will be held on November 5th and 6th, 2016. The event will be held in Sarasota, Florida at Nathan Benderson Park (NBP), a unique 600-acre community park slated to become North America's premier 2,000-meter sprint rowing course and Regatta Center. Rowing Teams will be attending from around the United States as well as the local community. Get ready for two days of friends, fun, sun and non-stop racing. Enjoy live music both days, a large and diverse vendor market, kid zone, interactive community displays, international beer garden, racing and more
Location: Nathan Benderson Park
Information: NBPRowingFestival.org or 941.275.9096
Sarasota Medieval Fair
Sat. Nov. 5
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Join us for exciting tournaments, scrumptious feasts, & pure family fun.
Location: Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd,
Information: www.SarasotaMedievalFair.com or 888.303.3247
NBP Rowing Festival
Sun. Nov. 6
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
NBP Rowing Festival will be held on November 5th and 6th, 2016. The event will be held in Sarasota, Florida at Nathan Benderson Park (NBP), a unique 600-acre community park slated to become North America's premier 2,000-meter sprint rowing course and Regatta Center. Rowing Teams will be attending from around the United States as well as the local community. Get ready for two days of friends, fun, sun and non-stop racing. Enjoy live music both days, a large and diverse vendor market, kid zone, interactive community displays, international beer garden, racing and more
Location: Nathan Benderson Park
Information: NBPRowingFestival.org or 941.275.9096
Sarasota Medieval Fair
Sun. Nov. 6
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Join us for exciting tournaments, scrumptious feasts, & pure family fun.
Location: Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd,
Information: www.SarasotaMedievalFair.com or 888.303.3247
Million Dollar Quartet
Nov 9 - Jan 1
Various Dates & Times
Million Dollar Quartet is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical inspired by the true story of the famed recording session in 1956 at Sun Records Studio. They came together to make music. They ended up making history. "Explosive vitality" - The New York Times
Location: Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Avenue
Information: www.floridastudiotheatre.org or 941.366.9000
Flower Talk 'Forever Green'
Wed. Nov. 9
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
10:30 Garden & Boutique Shopping, 12:00 Luncheon & ProgramForever Green Gardens To Love and Delight In Presentation by Mario Nievera, Landscape Architect. Sponsored by Founders Garden Club of Sarasota.
Location: Michaels On East
Information: 404.307.9577
An Afternoon With Bertha Palmer
Sat. Nov. 12
2:00 PM
Spend a Saturday with Bertha Palmer as she looked when she settled in Sarasota County. Betty Intagliata will re-enact Mrs. Palmer, Chicago socialite and businesswomen, who ultimately spent the final years of her life in Sarasota County. Her presence made a huge impact on the area. After a presentation, there will be a Q&A period.
Location: Chidsey Building, 701 North Tamiami Trail
Information: foschc.org or 941.361.2453
LSF Luau and Silent Auction
Sat. Nov. 12
5:00 PM10:00 PM
The Annual Sunset Silent Auction fundraiser benefits the Sarasota Guardianship program of Lutheran Services Florida. This is an evening event where attendees will dine from various local restaurants, participate in a silent and live auction for items ranging from gift cards, art, weekend escapes at local hotels and vacation trips.
Location: Faith Community Center, 7750 Beneva Road
Information: www.lsfnet.org/auction or 800.651.1853
Sarasota Medieval Fair
Sat. Nov. 12
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Join us for exciting tournaments, scrumptious feasts, & pure family fun.
Location: Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd,
Information: www.SarasotaMedievalFair.com or 888.303.3247
Thunder Fun Day
Sat. Nov. 12
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thunder Fun Day is an annual school fair which celebrates our school community. This fun, family event includes games, inflatables, crafts, food, chili cook-off, booths and more. There is something for everyone, no matter how young or old. Bring your entire family and friends!
Location: The Out-of-Door Academy, 444 Reid Street
Information: www.oda.edu/tfd or 941.554.3403
Sarasota Medieval Fair
Sun. Nov. 13
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Join us for exciting tournaments, scrumptious feasts, & pure family fun.
Location: Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd,
Information: www.SarasotaMedievalFair.com or 888.303.3247
Mannheim Steamroller
Fri. Nov. 18
8:00 PM
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis has been America’s favorite holiday tradition for the past 31 years! Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features beloved Christmas music along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. Experience the magic as the season comes alive with the signature sound of one of the longest-running tours in the music industry. Their holiday CDs have become synonymous with Christmas and continue to occupy top spots on Billboard’s Seasonal Charts every year!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Decades Rewind
Sat. Nov. 19
8:00 PM
Take a trip down melody lane with Decades Rewind, featuring over 60 songs effortlessly blended into unique medleys from the most prominent decades in music history. From Abba to Zeppelin, Decades Rewind will have you singing along and dancing in your seats on a magical rock musical extravaganza you won’t forget!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sarasota Medieval Fair
Sat. Nov. 19
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Join us for exciting tournaments, scrumptious feasts, & pure family fun.
Location: Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd,
Information: www.SarasotaMedievalFair.com or 888.303.3247
Sarasota Medieval Fair
Sun. Nov. 20
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Join us for exciting tournaments, scrumptious feasts, & pure family fun.
Location: Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd,
Information: www.SarasotaMedievalFair.com or 888.303.3247
Dave Koz and friends
Fri. Nov. 25
8:00 PM
Dave Koz & Friends returns to the Van Wezel for his annual holiday tradition.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Melissa Etheridge's Holiday Trio
Sun. Nov. 27
7:00 PM
Melissa Etheridge is one of rock music’s great female icons. Her critically acclaimed eponymous debut album was certified double platinum. Etheridge’s popularity built around such memorable songs as “Bring Me Some Water,” “No Souvenirs” and “Ain't It Heavy” for which she won her first Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal. Etheridge hit her commercial and artistic stride with her fourth album, Yes I Am, featuring the massive hits “I’m the Only One” and “Come to My Window,” a searing song of longing that brought her a second Grammy. The six times platinum album spent more than two and a half years on the album chart. For this special holiday show Melissa will be performing songs from her 2008 holiday album, A New Thought For Christmas. Songs will include fan favorites and holiday classics such as “Merry Christmas Baby,” Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “O Night Divine” and more.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Jim Brickman - Comfort and Joy
Tue. Nov. 29
7:30 PM
Piano sensation Jim Brickman brings you songs, sounds and stories of the season with Comfort & Joy, the 2016 Holiday tour. Billboard Magazine praises Brickman who “makes musical magic” and “evokes warm sentiments” as he celebrates his 20-year Christmas concert tradition. Brickman combines yuletide memories with new music, holiday classics and modern favorites like “The Gift,” “Sending You A Little Christmas,” “Peace,” “Angel Eyes” and “If You Believe." Jim Brickman’s music reminds us that faith, love and togetherness are what we value most this time of year. Jim’s special guests this year are: Kris Allen (‘American Idol’ winner), Anne Cochran, Tracy Silverman.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Piano Men
Nov 30 - Mar 31
Various Dates & Times
A tribute to the virtuosity and elegance of the "piano man," Piano Men features the works of the 20th Century's best pianists such as Billy Joel, Elton John, and Barry Manilow with songs such as "Piano Man," "Your Song," and "I Write the Songs." "Music is... an explosive expression of humanity" - Billy Joel
Location: Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Avenue
Information: www.floridastudiotheatre.org or 941.366.9000

 

December


Voices of Sarasota Contemporary Dance
Thu. Dec. 1
7:30 PM
The Voices annual spectacle is a hallmark of the company's approach to dance--full of movement, physical enjoyment, thought, and moments of delight and absolute hilarity. Our audiences are eager for works by emerging choreographers, work that expands the boundaries of art, the company's performances break new ground. Original and adventurous, these pieces presented are choreographed by company members and emerging choreographers chosen during our summer festival to expand their works for the main stage.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts
Information: sarasotacontemporarydance.org or 941.359.0099
Miniature Works on Display featuring Heart Gallery of Sarasota
Fri. Dec. 2
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Palm Avenue Fine Art will be featuring our "Miniatures on Display" small works exhibition featuring gallery artists and special invitees who will be submitting small-scale paintings. The gallery will also be hosting a portrait collection of local foster children seeking "forever families", a campaign organized by the Heart Gallery of Sarasota.
Location: Palm Avenue Fine Art, 10 South Palm Avenue
Information: www.palmavenuefineart.com or 941.388.7526
Miniature Works on Display featuring Heart Gallery of Sarasota
Fri. Dec. 2
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Palm Avenue Fine Art will be featuring our "Miniatures on Display" small works exhibition featuring gallery artists and special invitees who will be submitting small-scale paintings. The gallery will also be hosting a portrait collection of local foster children seeking "forever families", a campaign organized by the Heart Gallery of Sarasota.
Location: Palm Avenue Fine Art, 10 South Palm Avenue
Information: www.palmavenuefineart.com or 941.388.7526
Voices of Sarasota Contemporary Dance
Fri. Dec. 2
7:30 PM
The Voices annual spectacle is a hallmark of the company's approach to dance--full of movement, physical enjoyment, thought, and moments of delight and absolute hilarity. Our audiences are eager for works by emerging choreographers, work that expands the boundaries of art, the company's performances break new ground. Original and adventurous, these pieces presented are choreographed by company members and emerging choreographers chosen during our summer festival to expand their works for the main stage.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts
Information: sarasotacontemporarydance.org or 941.359.0099
Voices of Sarasota Contemporary Dance
Sat. Dec. 3
7:30 PM
The Voices annual spectacle is a hallmark of the company's approach to dance--full of movement, physical enjoyment, thought, and moments of delight and absolute hilarity. Our audiences are eager for works by emerging choreographers, work that expands the boundaries of art, the company's performances break new ground. Original and adventurous, these pieces presented are choreographed by company members and emerging choreographers chosen during our summer festival to expand their works for the main stage.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts
Information: sarasotacontemporarydance.org or 941.359.0099
Voices of Sarasota Contemporary Dance
Sun. Dec. 4
2:00 PM
The Voices annual spectacle is a hallmark of the company's approach to dance--full of movement, physical enjoyment, thought, and moments of delight and absolute hilarity. Our audiences are eager for works by emerging choreographers, work that expands the boundaries of art, the company's performances break new ground. Original and adventurous, these pieces presented are choreographed by company members and emerging choreographers chosen during our summer festival to expand their works for the main stage.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts
Information: sarasotacontemporarydance.org or 941.359.0099
Broadway to Ballroom
Sun. Dec. 4
7:00 PM
Join Sarasota Dancing Stars in their premier event, Broadway to Ballroom, at the Sarasota Opera House December 4th, 2016 at 7:00 PM! It will be a night to remember!! As professionals and students dance to Broadway classics, enjoy the thrill and excitement of a live show! Call now to reserve your tickets! VIP tickets include front row seating and access to the after party for only $45. General admission is $20. For more information and to purchase tickets, please call Empire Ballroom Studios at 941-922-1444 or email us at eballroom@gmail.com
Location: Sarasota Opera House 61 N Pineapple Ave
Information: empireballroomstudios.com/ or 941.922.1444
Fame - The Musical
Wed. Dec. 7
7:00 PM
FAME - THE MUSICAL is a full-throttle journey traversing the struggles, fears, and triumphs of young artists navigating the worlds of dance, music and theatre. Conceived from the unforgettable Academy Award-winning film and subsequent Emmy Award-winning television series, this unmistakable title has been brilliantly transformed into riveting musical theater.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Oak Ridge Boys
Sat. Dec. 10
8:00 PM
Country Music Hall of Fame inductees The Oak Ridge Boys return to the Van Wezel with their Christmas Celebration Tour 2016, which combines classic hits and holiday favorites and is sure to spice up your holiday season. The Oak’s legendary four-part harmonies have spawned dozens of country hits, including “Elvira,” “Bobbie Sue,” “Gonna Take A Lot of River” and many others. The Oaks bring four decades of charted singles and 50 years of tradition to a stage show that’s sure to bring the crowd to their feet!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Beach Boys 'Christmas'
Mon. Dec. 12
7:30 PM
The Beach Boys return to the Van Wezel stage during the Holiday Season this year! This is the group that changed the musical landscape over 50 years ago: every pop act since has been in its debt. Join us as they bring their bold imagination style and perform their greatest hits and Christmas favorites! “Fun Fun Fun” “Good Vibrations” “Barbara Ann” “California Girls” “I Get Around” “Help Me, Rhonda” “Surfin’ USA”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Garrison Keillor
Tue. Dec. 13
8:00 PM
One of the most prolific American storytellers of all time, writer and humorist Garrison Keillor returns to the Van Wezel. While best known for his popular live radio variety show, A Prairie Home Companion, which attracts more than four million listeners on more than 600 public radio stations every week, Garrison is also a host, editor, and best-selling author. With an impressive list of honors including Grammy, ACE and George Foster Peabody awards, he captivates audiences with his unique blend of comedy, charisma, and wisdom.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Clever Little Lies
Dec 14 - Mar 4
Various Dates & Times
Secrets are exposed and clever little lies are crafted when a confidence shared between father and son escalates into an unexpected family disclosure that could change everything. Shattering and hilarious, Clever Little Lies is a story of long-term love and marriage...for better...and for worse. "Touching" - The New York Times
Location: Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Avenue
Information: www.floridastudiotheatre.org or 941.366.9000
The Sarasota Ballet - George Balanchine's Jewels
Fri. Dec. 16
7:30 PM
The Sarasota Ballet presents The Company premiere of George Balanchine’s Jewels, a masterful full-length work to live music, for 3 performances on 16-17 December 2016 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. This unique program, a ballet in three parts, presents a miniature history of classical dance with references to ballet’s French origins, Russia’s imperial style and Balanchine’s on take on the art form. In presenting Balanchine’s masterpiece, The Sarasota Ballet joins major national and international companies who have performed this work. Emeralds evokes the elegance of France while Rubies is influenced by Balanchine’s own experiences in America. The grandeur and regality of Imperial Russia are the inspiration for Diamonds, a nod to Balanchine’s own heritage.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Sarasota Ballet - George Balanchine's Jewels
Sat. Dec. 17
2:00 PM
The Sarasota Ballet presents The Company premiere of George Balanchine’s Jewels, a masterful full-length work to live music, for 3 performances on 16-17 December 2016 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. This unique program, a ballet in three parts, presents a miniature history of classical dance with references to ballet’s French origins, Russia’s imperial style and Balanchine’s on take on the art form. In presenting Balanchine’s masterpiece, The Sarasota Ballet joins major national and international companies who have performed this work. Emeralds evokes the elegance of France while Rubies is influenced by Balanchine’s own experiences in America. The grandeur and regality of Imperial Russia are the inspiration for Diamonds, a nod to Balanchine’s own heritage.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Sarasota Ballet - George Balanchine's Jewels
Sat. Dec. 17
7:30 PM
The Sarasota Ballet presents The Company premiere of George Balanchine’s Jewels, a masterful full-length work to live music, for 3 performances on 16-17 December 2016 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. This unique program, a ballet in three parts, presents a miniature history of classical dance with references to ballet’s French origins, Russia’s imperial style and Balanchine’s on take on the art form. In presenting Balanchine’s masterpiece, The Sarasota Ballet joins major national and international companies who have performed this work. Emeralds evokes the elegance of France while Rubies is influenced by Balanchine’s own experiences in America. The grandeur and regality of Imperial Russia are the inspiration for Diamonds, a nod to Balanchine’s own heritage.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
A Christmas Carol
Wed. Dec. 21
8:00 PM
A Christmas Carol features a spirited ensemble of 23 performers who bring Dickens’ fable of redemption to life on a magical set created by noted designer James Othuse. A full array of timeless carols such as “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Away In a Manager” and “Here We Come A-Wassailing” are interwoven within the classic story of a tight-fisted, middle-class merchant Ebenezer Scrooge and all the beloved characters from Dickens' 1843 novel.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella
Tue. Dec. 27
8:00 PM
The Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale, Cinderella. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream... or a really great pair of shoes.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella
Wed. Dec. 28
8:00 PM
The Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale, Cinderella. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream... or a really great pair of shoes.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
Thu. Dec. 29
3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
The biggest Christmas experience of the year! The original, direct from Russia, Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker! "Knock Out!" Raves the New York Times. Enchant the whole family magical Russian props, costumes and sets. Groups get the best seats at the best prices. Call Bobbie at 800-320-1733.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.nutcracker.com or 941.953.3368
Moscow Ballets Great Russian Nutcracker
Thu. Dec. 29
3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
The biggest Christmas experience of the year! The original, direct from Russia, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! “Knock Out!” Raves the New York Times. Enchant the whole family with larger than life magical props, a 60 foot growing Christmas tree and spectacular Russian-made costumes and sets. A must-see event, witness the world’s best dancers on stage in your city!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
42nd Street
Fri. Dec. 30
8:00 PM
The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic returns by popular demand! 42nd Street is the song-and-dance fable of Broadway with an American Dream story and includes familiar songs such as “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off to Buffalo” and, of course, the title song. This new production is directed by Mark Bramble and choreographed by Randy Skinner, the team who staged the 2001 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368

 

January


Salute To Vienna
Tue. Jan. 3
7:00 PM
Strauss Symphony of America András Deák, conductor (Budapest) Sera Gösch, soprano (Vienna) Dániel Lokös, tenor (Vienna) Featuring dancers from Europaballett St.Pölten (Austria) & International Champion Ballroom Dancers More celebratory than a glass of champagne, Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert is a delight for the eyes and the ears. Welcome 2017 with this elegant concert—celebrating its 20th anniversary in Sarasota! This January 3, a stunning new program featuring Strauss waltzes and sweeping melodies from operettas will be performed by a full orchestra, acclaimed European singers, ballet and ballroom dancers. Fall for the Blue Danube Waltz all over again!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Stalking the Bogeyman
Jan 4 - Jan 15
Various Dates & Times
Stalking the Bogeyman follows renowned journalist David Holthouse's secret pursuit of justice for a crime hidden for 25 years. This new play explores the dangers of vengeance, the power of forgiveness, and the strength of family "Grippingly intense" - London News
Location: Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Avenue
Information: www.floridastudiotheatre.org or 941.366.9000
My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm in Therapy
Thu. Jan. 5
8:00 PM
Steve Solomon’s two-time award-winning original show returns to the Van Wezel, new and improved and better than ever, and now one of the longest-running one-man shows in Broadway history! Once again, we meet the people that we’re all too familiar with: the family members that make you remember why you left home in the first place. It’s a laugh-filled fest of everybody you know, have known, and some you’d want to forget but can’t, all brought to life on stage by the comic magic of Steve Solomon!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Dirty Dancing
Tue. Jan. 10
8:00 PM
A record-breaking live theatre sensation, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. Featuring the hit songs, “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” You’ll have the time of your life!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Dirty Dancing
Wed. Jan. 11
2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
A record-breaking live theatre sensation, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. Featuring the hit songs, “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” You’ll have the time of your life!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Matthew Morrison w/ Seth Rudetsky
Thu. Jan. 12
8:00 PM
Tony®-, Emmy®- and Golden Globe-nominated Broadway star Matthew Morrison joins pianist and host Seth Rudetsky in concert for an evening of interview and song and intimate behind-the-scenes stories of life in show business. Perhaps best-known as Mr. Schuester in Glee, Matthew recently finished a run in Broadway’s Finding Neverland. Seth is the afternoon host on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s On Broadway as well as the host of Seth Speaks on Sirius/XM Stars. He most recently co-wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed Broadway musical Disaster!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Jay Leno
Fri. Jan. 13
8:00 PM
Acclaimed TV late night show host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, lovable TV and movie voice-over artist, pioneering car builder and mechanic, and philanthropist…it’s no wonder that Jay Leno is widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Dick Fox's Golden Boys
Sat. Jan. 14
8:00 PM
These "Golden Boys" were three of the most popular Teen Idols of the late 50s and 60s. They have proved to be an overwhelming live concert success. Countless television appearances, a special performance for the President of the United States and a Golden Boys PBS special have brought on a vast audience of fans, not only from the fun generation, but all generations. The Golden Boys spotlights each of the performers and their All Time greatest hits, "Turn Me Loose", "Tiger", "I'm A Man" (Fabian); "Venus", "De De Dinah", "Bobby Sox to Stockings" (Avalon); "Volare", "Wild One", "Kissin' Time" (Rydell). The three stars combine their talents on several songs and perform a tribute to the material of Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin, Rick Nelson and Bill Hailey.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Michael Bolton
Sun. Jan. 15
7:00 PM
Songwriter, humanitarian, actor, producer and internationally-known maestro of love, Michael Bolton has sold over 60 million records and received multiple Grammy’s and American Music Awards. He and his iconic voice return to the Van Wezel this season to thrill you with his hits such as “When A Man Loves A Woman” and “Georgia On My Mind.”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Engelbert Humperdinck
Mon. Jan. 16
8:00 PM
Engelbert Humperdinck exploded on to the music scene in the sixties and catapulted almost instantly to world icon. He has produced 64 gold albums and 35 platinum and his first single in the charts, “Release Me,” went into the Guinness Book of Records for achieving 56 consecutive weeks on the charts. His unique voice has charmed millions, however, it’s not just the voice, but the man himself, with his endearing sense of humor and self-deprecating jokes who will give you an evening to remember!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Elvis Lives
Tue. Jan. 17
8:00 PM
Elvis Lives is an unforgettable multi-media and live musical journey across Elvis' life. His iconic style, embraced by many of today's artists, continues to intrigue audiences of all generations. Featuring finalists from Elvis Presley Enterprises' worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, audiences "Can't Help Falling In Love"® with this phenomenal theatrical concert experience.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Zoltn Mga
Wed. Jan. 18
8:00 PM
Dazzling music by Hungary’s foremost violin virtuoso, his fiery orchestra, singers & dancers! Don’t miss the flair and passion of Hungary’s foremost violin virtuoso, Zoltán Mága, introduced to North America through his PBS special last year! Fiery music and dance will be brought to life by a cast of costumed dancers, singers and chamber symphony orchestra. From heart-warming ballads, beautiful waltzes and beloved arias to the furious speeds of Zoltán's Gypsy band, these performers will impress with their masterful virtuosity.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Wynton Marsalis
Thu. Jan. 19
8:00 PM
Hailed as “an extraordinarily versatile orchestra” by The Los Angeles Times, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra comprises 15 of jazz music’s leading soloists under the leadership of musical director Wynton Marsalis. Drawing from an extensive repertoire that includes original compositions by Wynton and other members of the orchestra, as well as the masterworks of Ellington, Mingus, Coltrane, and other great jazz composers, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis concerts are internationally critically-acclaimed.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Adam Trent: The Futurist
Sun. Jan. 22
7:00 PM
Adam Trent truly exemplifies a new generation of magician. As one of the stars of the hit Broadway show The Illusionists, which shattered box office records during its 2014-2015 run, he is one of the most in-demand illusionists working today. Described as Justin Timberlake meets David Copperfield, his audience-interactive performances are part magic, part concert, and part stand-up comedy. In addition to TV appearances and a staggering schedule of over 300 live shows each year, Adam has a vast history of philanthropic work for which US News & World Report Magazine named him '1 of the 10 Most Influential Youths in America'.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Riverdance
Tue. Jan. 24
8:00 PM
The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand in Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance. Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour is composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
brownsville song (b-side for tray)
Jan 25 - Mar 26
Various Dates & Times
Tray Thompson is not just a name, not just a statistic. Set against the gritty backdrop of rundown Brooklyn, brownsville song is a poignant, and uplifting story of one family's courage and endurance after a senseless act of gang violence alters a high school senior's dreams forever. REGIONAL PREMIERE! "Poignant...vivid" - The New York Times
Location: Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Avenue
Information: www.floridastudiotheatre.org or 941.366.9000
Riverdance
Wed. Jan. 25
8:00 PM
The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand in Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance. Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour is composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Riverdance
Thu. Jan. 26
8:00 PM
The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand in Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance. Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour is composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Kenny Rogers
Fri. Jan. 27
8:00 PM
Known for sweetly raspy vocals and an extraordinary ability to inhabit each song her forms, Kenny Rogers has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide, making him one of the Top Ten Best Selling Male Solo Artists of All Time. Kenny has won many awards for his music and charity work, including three GRAMMY Awards, 19 American Music Awards, 11 People’s Choice Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards and six Country Music Association Awards, including the CMA Lifetime Achievement Award and induction in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Gladys Knight
Sat. Jan. 28
8:00 PM
Seven-time Grammy-winner the ‘Empress of Soul’ Gladys Knight returns to the Van Wezel for a very special evening! One of the music industry’s most dynamic performers, Gladys will take the stage to perform some of her hits as well as more recent ones. Her latest album, Where My Heart Belongs, is new inspiration gospel and she recently released a dance single, “Just A Little.” From R&B to pop to gospel, she will give you a performance to remember!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Johnny Mathis
Sun. Jan. 29
7:00 PM
Best-known for his supremely popular hits like “Chances Are," "It's Not For Me To Say," and "Misty”, Johnny has recorded more than 80 albums, 6 Christmas albums, and has sold millions of records worldwide. During his extensive career he has had 3 songs inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, achieved 50 Hits on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Chart, and ranks as the all-time #6 album artist in the history of Billboard’s pop album charts. He has received 5 Grammy Nominations, and in 2003 he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. In addition to all this Johnny & his music have appeared in numerous films & TV shows, including The Tonight Show, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Family Ties, and Mad Men.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368

 

February


Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Wed. Feb. 1
8:00 PM
Oh, what a story. Frankie Valli, who came to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of the Four Seasons, is hotter than ever in the 21st century. Thanks to the volcanic success of the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys, which chronicles the life and times of Frankie and his legendary group, such classic songs as “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” are all the rage all over again. As the play enters its third sold-out year on Broadway, and two touring companies of Jersey Boys travel around the U.S., the real Frankie Valli is packing concert halls coast to coast, from the Rose Theater, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, to L.A.’s Kodak Theater, home of the Academy Awards.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Keith Lockhart & The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra
Thu. Feb. 2
8:00 PM
Fifty years ago, four lads from Liverpool changed the course of popular music forever, and their influence still reverberates throughout the music world. Come hear the music of The Beatles as you've never heard it before, in breathtaking symphonic treatments, performed by "America's Orchestra." The first part of the concert will include favorite classical compositions from the British Isles including music by Handel and Elgar, and a hilarious new version of "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra."
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sarasota Music Half Marathon
Sun. Feb. 5
6:30 AM
The Sarasota Music Half Marathon is a 13.1 Mile moving party with 20 bands you'll pass 42 times! We've also got cheerleaders, lawn parties, Girl Scout cookies, crowds and energy! Start at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, over the Ringling Bridge and back, pass Selby Gardens, up Orange Avenue into the Cherokee Park neighborhood, back through Selby Gardens and finish back at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: 941.356.6257
Sex Tips For Straight Women
Mon. Feb. 6
8:00 PM
This romantic comedy takes the audience on a hilarious and wild ride where no topic is taboo and the insider ‘tips’ come straight from the source: a gay man. Based on the international best-selling book of the same title.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Itzhak Perlman
Tue. Feb. 7
8:00 PM
Undeniably the reigning violin virtuoso with four Emmy® Awards and 15 Grammy® Awards, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm, humanity and talent, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world. One of Mr. Perlman’s proudest achievements is his collaboration with film composer John Williams in Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award®-winning film, Schindler’s List, in which he performed the violin solos
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Older Than Dirt
Feb 8 - Jun 4
Various Dates & Times
Getting old is not for sissies, but it sure is good for a laugh. This musical comedy revue provides a witty and heartfelt 360 degree view of aging. Featuring songs by Shel Silverstein, Adam Sandler, and Neil Young, Older Than Dirt takes the audience on a journey through the pitfalls and perks of aging. Featuring songs such as "When I'm 64," "Don't Be Ashamed of Your Age," and "Forever Young." "The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age" -
Location: Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Avenue
Information: www.floridastudiotheatre.org or 941.366.9000
Lily Tomlin
Wed. Feb. 8
8:00 PM
Lily Tomlin, one of America's foremost comediennes, continues to venture across an ever-widening range of media, starring in television, theater, motion pictures, animation, and video. Throughout her extraordinary career, Tomlin has received numerous awards, including: seven Emmys; a Tony for her one woman Broadway show, Appearing Nitely; a second Tony for Best Actress, a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics’ Circle Award for her one woman performance in Jane Wagner’s The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe; a CableAce Award for Executive Producing the film adaptation of The Search; a Grammy for her comedy album.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Dance Makers - 11th Annual Concert
Thu. Feb. 9
7:30 PM
This show features imaginative dance pieces by nationally acclaimed contemporary choreographers Michael Foley, Doug Gillespie, and Adele Myers. SCD is proud of the caliber of choreographers gathered to present. These works are selected by the Artistic Director not only to present the strength, power, charm, and diversity of our company, but also to fulfill our mission of presenting a range of contemporary dance for a multi-generational and multi-cultural audience in our community.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts
Information: sarasotacontemporarydance.org or 941.359.0099
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Thu. Feb. 9
8:00 PM
The Philadelphia Orchestra is one of the preeminent orchestras in the world, renowned for its distinctive sound, desired for its keen ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences, and admired for a legacy of imagination and innovation on and off the concert stage. The Orchestra is transforming its rich tradition of achievement, sustaining the highest level of artistic quality, but also challenging—and exceeding—that level by creating powerful musical experiences for audiences at home and around the world.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Dance Makers - 11th Annual Concert
Fri. Feb. 10
7:30 PM
This show features imaginative dance pieces by nationally acclaimed contemporary choreographers Michael Foley, Doug Gillespie, and Adele Myers. SCD is proud of the caliber of choreographers gathered to present. These works are selected by the Artistic Director not only to present the strength, power, charm, and diversity of our company, but also to fulfill our mission of presenting a range of contemporary dance for a multi-generational and multi-cultural audience in our community.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts
Information: sarasotacontemporarydance.org or 941.359.0099
Steve Martin with Martin Short
Fri. Feb. 10
8:00 PM
The annual Van Wezel Foundation Gala brings two comedic legends together for an unforgettable evening of laughter, music & more!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Dance Makers - 11th Annual Concert
Sat. Feb. 11
7:30 PM
This show features imaginative dance pieces by nationally acclaimed contemporary choreographers Michael Foley, Doug Gillespie, and Adele Myers. SCD is proud of the caliber of choreographers gathered to present. These works are selected by the Artistic Director not only to present the strength, power, charm, and diversity of our company, but also to fulfill our mission of presenting a range of contemporary dance for a multi-generational and multi-cultural audience in our community.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts
Information: sarasotacontemporarydance.org or 941.359.0099
Dance Makers - 11th Annual Concert
Sun. Feb. 12
2:00 PM
This show features imaginative dance pieces by nationally acclaimed contemporary choreographers Michael Foley, Doug Gillespie, and Adele Myers. SCD is proud of the caliber of choreographers gathered to present. These works are selected by the Artistic Director not only to present the strength, power, charm, and diversity of our company, but also to fulfill our mission of presenting a range of contemporary dance for a multi-generational and multi-cultural audience in our community.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts
Information: sarasotacontemporarydance.org or 941.359.0099
Neil Bergs 108 Years of Broadway
Tue. Feb. 14
2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Neil Berg returns to the Van Wezel for his annual celebration of Broadway’s greatest songs! 108 Years of Broadway recreates the finest moments from the most memorable shows of the century, featuring the actual stars of shows such as The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, CATS, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Jekyll & Hyde. Backed by a world-class New York-based band, these dynamic performers light up the stage with songs from the hit shows in which they starred. Neil Berg presents skillfully revived arrangements of Broadway classics as well as electrifying numbers from Broadway’s freshest hit shows.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Gidion's Knot
Feb 15 -Feb 26
Various Dates & Times
A parent/teacher conference begins as a mystery, with a distraught mother seeking answers from an emotionally overwhelmed teacher as to why her son, Gidion, has been suspended from his 5th grade class.Gidion may have been bullied severely-or he may have been an abuser. As his story is slowly uncovered, the women try to reconstruct a satisfying explanation for Gidion's act and come to terms with excruciating feelings of culpability. "Riveting, explosive" - Chicago Critic
Location: Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Avenue
Information: www.floridastudiotheatre.org or 941.366.9000
Twyla Tharp
Wed. Feb. 15
8:00 PM
Twyla Tharp, one of the century’s most treasured artists, celebrates fifty years of dance making with an evening of new work, which premiered in 2015. The double bill begins with a vibrant introductory FANFARE followed by PRELUDES AND FUGUES, set to J.S. Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier.” The dance radiates with Tharp’s generous spirit, humanity, and rigor. The evening’s final dance, YOWZIE, is a humorous work set to a wild, raucous, and jazzy score. With immaculate technique and joy, Tharp’s hand chosen and meticulously rehearsed group brings her choreography to life.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Pippin
Fri. Feb. 17
8:00 PM
PIPPIN is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, PIPPIN will lift you up and leave you smiling. This unforgettable new production is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival. Hailed as "an eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza" (NY1), it's unlike anything you have ever seen! Come experience PIPPIN, one young man's journey to be extraordinary.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Animal Rescue Coalition's Unconditional Love Gala
Sat. Feb. 18
6:30 PM
An elegant evening of dining, dancing, auction, powerful message and unconditional love! All proceeds support Animal Rescue Coalition's mission, spay/neuter program and Emergency Medical Fund. Amazing sponsorship opportunities are available.
Location: Michael's On East
Information: www.animalrescuecoalition.org or 941.957.1955
Pippin
Sat. Feb. 18
8:00 PM
PIPPIN is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, PIPPIN will lift you up and leave you smiling. This unforgettable new production is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival. Hailed as "an eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza" (NY1), it's unlike anything you have ever seen! Come experience PIPPIN, one young man's journey to be extraordinary.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Manhattan Transfer/Take 6
Sun. Feb. 19
7:00 PM
Between them, the two groups boast a remarkable 20 Grammy Awards, and a range of styles that covers nearly every genre of popular music; from jazz to swing, from gospel to R&B. As The Manhattan Transfer mark the 40th Anniversary of their debut recording on Atlantic Records ~ Janis Siegel, Alan Paul, and Cheryl Bentyne will honor founding member, Tim Hauser, as they continue to tour with their newest member, Trist Curless. TMT joins Take 6 as they share their crystal clear harmony, innovative arrangements and funky grooves, demonstrating why this sextet is recognized as the pre-eminent A cappella group in the world. No ordinary double bill, this is a show combining unexpected twists and turns to create a once-in-a-lifetime event!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Alvin Ailey
Tue. Feb. 21
8:00 PM
Let Alvin Ailey lift you when the world’s most popular modern dance company returns to the Van Wezel. See the season’s hottest new works by contemporary choreographers, plus returning repertory favorites including the beloved Revelations, which continues to move audiences around the world with its powerful storytelling and soul-stirring music.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Lang Lang
Thu. Feb. 23
8:00 PM
Touted as “the hottest artist on the classical music planet” by The New York Times, classical piano phenom Lang Lang returns to the Van Wezel stage! Inspiring millions with his open-hearted, emotive playing, the brilliant musician has played sold out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world. With a resume that reads like a best seller, full of achievements, honors and a whole host of awards, Lang Lang’s performance truly is a must see!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Jackie Evancho
Mon. Feb. 27
8:00 PM
Jackie Evancho was 10 years old when she first performed on America’s Got Talent and left audiences and judges astonished with her perfect, beautiful, soprano voice. Now 16, Jackie has recorded three albums, recently released her rendition of “Safe and Sound” from her favorite film, The Hunger Games, to rave reviews and performed for the Pope when he visited the US. Her rendition of “When you Wish upon a Star” is a YouTube highlight.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Swan Lake - The Russian National Ballet Theatre
Tue. Feb. 28
8:00 PM
The company returns to the Van Wezel for Swan Lake, the legendary full-length ballet. With skilled dancers “putting the ‘motion’ in emotion” (The Spectrum) to one of Tchaikovsky’s most mesmerizing scores, you’re not going to want to miss out! The Russian National Ballet Theatre was founded in the late 1980s in Perestroika-era Moscow, when top choreographers and principal dancers from the upper ranks of prestigious ballet companies scattered from Russia to Poland, merged their creative talents.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368

 

March


Orchestre National de Lyon
Wed. Mar. 1
8:00 PM
With internationally-acclaimed conductor Leonard Slatkin at the helm, the Orchestre National de Lyon is coming to Sarasota for its Van Wezel premiere! Performing a rich and diverse repertoire that spans classical to contemporary pieces, the ONL is proud to promote the music of living composers while still paying tribute to the works of the Greats. Featuring soloist Gil Shaham on the violin, the Orchestre National de Lyon will captivate the audience with Shéhérazade ouverture de féerie (Ravel), Violin Concerto (Barber) and the Romantic period essential Symphonie Fantastique (Berlioz).
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Smokey Robinson
Thu. Mar. 2
8:00 PM
With his eternally smooth and instantly recognizable falsetto alone – without the strings, bass, guitar or drums – legendary singer/songwriter/producer Smokey Robinson’s honey-coated voice absolutely is the audio equivalent of comfort food…comfort food for the soul…with soul. Join us as one of the most beloved and influential figures in the history popular music returns to the Van Wezel stage!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs
Sun. Mar. 5
7:00 PM
A hugely acclaimed cabaret show, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs premiered in 2015 at New York’s Café Carlyle and has since toured throughout the US, Canada, Australia and the UK. A co-host of the Tony Awards in 2015, Alan also appeared as Eli Gold on The Good Wife. A man of many talents, he was named Icon of Scotland (his native country), has designed wallpaper and a fragrance and he played Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret on Broadway. Time Magazine called him one of the three most fun people in show business! Don’t miss this extraordinary evening!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Taj Express
Tue. Mar. 7
8:00 PM
Taj Express explodes with the sounds of India and Bollywood, capturing the vibrant, expressive spirit of the world of Bollywood movies that have been entertaining billions of people in India for generations. Through a fusion of film, dance, and music, this dazzling international sensation takes audiences on a live cinematic journey through modern Indian culture and society. The production is a high energy celebration of new India’s pop music, Bollywood culture, and deep traditions featuring colorful costumes, joyful dance, and thrilling live music.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Sarasota Ballet - A Tribute To Ashton
Fri. Mar. 10
7:30 PM
The Sarasota Ballet presents A Tribute to Ashton for 3 performances on 10-11 March 2017 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Celebrating famed choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton, the program begins with the first performance of Ashton’s singular Scènes de ballet by an American company. Using geometrical patterns, Ashton created Scènes de ballet to be enjoyed from any angle and is known as the ballet that established a pattern for his subsequent works. David Vaughan, ballet historian, calls Scènes de ballet “one of Ashton’s greatest masterpieces.” The program concludes with a 20th Century classic, The Two Pigeons.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Sarasota Ballet - A Tribute To Ashton
Sat. Mar. 11
2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
The Sarasota Ballet presents A Tribute to Ashton for 3 performances on 10-11 March 2017 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Celebrating famed choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton, the program begins with the first performance of Ashton’s singular Scènes de ballet by an American company. Using geometrical patterns, Ashton created Scènes de ballet to be enjoyed from any angle and is known as the ballet that established a pattern for his subsequent works. David Vaughan, ballet historian, calls Scènes de ballet “one of Ashton’s greatest masterpieces.” The program concludes with a 20th Century classic, The Two Pigeons.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Kristin Chenoweth
Sun. Mar. 12
7:00 PM
Emmy- (Pushing Daisies) and Tony (Wicked and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown) Award-winning actress and singer, Kristin Chenoweth, returns to the Van Wezel by popular demand! Star of stage, screen and television, Kristin also performs an energetic, standing-ovation concert featuring her most memorable songs as well as conversation with the audience. Last year’s show sold out – don’t miss this one!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Jump, Jive & Wail feat. The Jive Aces
Mon. Mar. 13
8:00 PM
Britain’s Got Talent stars and the UK’s No.1 Jive & Swing band, The Jive Aces, are coming to Sarasota! Renowned for their high energy Jump Jive and swing music and spectacular stage show, the band’s repertoire features songs made famous by such greats as Louis Prima, Cab Calloway, and Benny Goodman - along with a group of superb originals taken from their albums. An incredibly in demand sextet, they have worked with John Travolta, Van Morrison, The Proclaimers, and recently played for Her Majesty The Queen. The Jive Aces have bought the house down with their high energy stage show at thousands of festivals, theatres, dancehalls and top events in over 30 countries.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Annie
Tue. Mar. 14
8:00 PM
Leapin’ Lizards! The world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Annie
Wed. Mar. 15
8:00 PM
Leapin’ Lizards! The world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Once
Fri. Mar. 17
2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights. ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It's an unforgettable story about going for your dreams... not living in fear... and the power of music to connect all of us.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Grounded
Mar 22 - Apr 2
Various Dates & Times
An ace fighter pilot is reassigned to desk duty following an unexpected pregnancy. After the birth of her child, she is relegated to operating drones from her base in Las Vegas. As she destroys enemies from the safety of a control room, Grounded takes us on a journey of self-discovery, identity, and morality. "A searing piece of writing" - The Guardian
Location: Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Avenue
Information: www.floridastudiotheatre.org or 941.366.9000
Shadowland by Pilobolus
Thu. Mar. 23
8:00 PM
Created by famed dance company Pilobolus, Shadowland By Pilobolus tells the story of a teenage girl, longing for independence, who sleeps, only to wake to something incredible lurking behind her bedroom wall – her shadow. And, she’s off on a journey into Shadowland. Legendary modern dance is combined with high-energy, fast-paced multimedia, merging front-of-screen choreography with projected images to create a narrative with the fluid logic of a dream, powered by the grace of an acrobatic dance, which evinces surprise and joyous delight in a way that is uniquely Pilobolus.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Chicago
Sat. Mar. 25
8:00 PM
There’s never been a better time to experience CHICAGO, Broadway’s razzle-dazzle smash. This triumphant hit musical is the recipient of six Tony Awards®, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy®, thousands of standing ovations and now the #1 longest-running American Musical in Broadway history CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you've ever seen. It’s no surprise that CHICAGO has wowed audiences from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Chicago
Sun. Mar. 26
2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
There’s never been a better time to experience CHICAGO, Broadway’s razzle-dazzle smash. This triumphant hit musical is the recipient of six Tony Awards®, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy®, thousands of standing ovations and now the #1 longest-running American Musical in Broadway history CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you've ever seen. It’s no surprise that CHICAGO has wowed audiences from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Mon. Mar. 27
8:00 PM
Celebrating their Golden (50th) Anniversary together, the iconic and profoundly influential Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, often cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in Country Rock and American Roots Music, continues to add to their legendary status. With multi-­-platinum and gold records, strings of top ten hits such as "Fishin' In The Dark" and "Mr. Bojangles", and multiple awards and nominations, the band's accolades continue to accumulate. Their groundbreaking album, Will The Circle Be Unbroken, has been inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress as well as the Grammy Hall of Fame and their recording of "Mr. Bojangles" was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Momix - Opus Cactus
Tue. Mar. 28
8:00 PM
Internationally celebrated for presenting work of superior inventiveness and physical beauty for over 35 years, MOMIX combines athletic dance, riveting music, outrageous costumes, props and pure talent. Under the direction of Moses Pendleton, the breath-taking dance company returns to the Van Wezel with Opus Cactus. Back and better than ever after a ten-year break, Opus Cactus brings the American Southwest to life with dynamic images of cactuses, slithering lizards and fire dancers. “…Pendleton’s ingenuity, theatricality and cunning imagination are seen at full stretch in strange vignettes of the Sonoran desert.” -Clive Barnes New York Post
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368

 

April


Menopause the Musical
Tue. Apr. 4
8:00 PM
Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for 14 years! It's the Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change!®
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Rich Girl
Apr 5 - May 26
Various Dates and Times
Rich Girl is a clever and contemporary comedy about women and their relationship to men, mothers, and money - in that order. Can they ever really coexist? REGIONAL PREMIERE! "Clever detail" - Talkin Broadway
Location: Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Avenue
Information: www.floridastudiotheatre.org or 941.366.9000
Rhapsody & Rhythm: The Gershwin Experience
Wed. Apr. 5
8:00 PM
Rhapsody & Rhythm is musical celebration of one of the greatest songwriting teams in history is a one of a kind entertaining concert experience that is not to be missed. This multimedia musical celebration, with host and pianist Richard Glazier, offers a unique experience that celebrates the collaborative genius of George and Ira Gershwin. Hear favorites such as “‘S Wonderful,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “ I Got Rhythm,” “Summertime” and “Strike Up the Band.” In addition to the legendary music, this unforgettable concert includes rare Gershwin home videos and photos, special family stories and much more!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Neil Sedaka
Fri. Apr. 7
8:00 PM
Singer. Songwriter. Composer. Pianist. Author. These are just a few of the titles that can be used to describe Neil Sedaka. His impressive career ranges from being one of the first teen pop sensations of the 50’s, a relevant songwriter for himself and other artists in the 60’s, a superstar in the 70’s and remaining a constant force in writing and performing presently. Neil's latest collection of songs is I Do It For Applause, a CD of twelve new Sedaka songs and the culmination of sixty-three years of writing.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
RAIN
Sat. Apr. 8
8:00 PM
This stunning concert event takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that is the next best thing to the Beatles. Don’t miss the Broadway smash that’s taking the world by storm. RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES is a live multi-media spectacular that takes you on a musical journey through the life and times of the world’s most celebrated band. Featuring new songs & high definition imagery, this expanded RAIN adds even more hits that you know and love from the vast anthology of Beatles classics such as “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Hard Day’s Night,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Let It Be,” “Come Together” and “Hey Jude.”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Chris Botti
Wed. Apr. 12
8:00 PM
Returning by popular demand with an intimate live concert, trumpeter Chris Botti will again thrill you with his love for rich, evocative melodies and a treasure chest of jazz standards, famous classical masterpieces and soon-to-be instant favorites. Whether he’s performing with illustrious symphonies or at renowned venues around the globe, his unparalleled crystalline and poetic sound transcends musical boundaries and has cemented his place as one of the most brilliant and inspiring forces of the contemporary music scene.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Four Tops and The Temptations
Thu. Apr. 13
8:00 PM
The history of The Temptations is the history of contemporary American pop. An essential component of the original Motown machine, that amazing engine invented by Berry Gordy, The Temps began their musical life in Detroit in the early sixties. It wasn’t until 1964 however, that the Smokey Robinson written-and-produced “The Way You Do the things You Do” turned the guys into stars. The Four Tops have been marveling audiences with their infectious blend of pure vocal power and sweet harmonies since 1954. High school friends from Detroit's North End, Levi Stubbs, Renaldo "Obie" Benson, Abdul "Duke" Fakir and Lawrence Payton started playing parties as the Four Aims, as they were aiming for the top. After catching the ear and eye of singer Billy Eckstine, they changed their name to The Four Tops, so as not to be confused with the Ames Brothers.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Under The Streetlamp
Tue. Apr. 18
8:00 PM
Under the Streetlamp, America’s favorite vocal group with 2 PBS top specials and legions of faithful fans, performs an electrifying evening of classic hits from the American radio songbook. Exuding the irresistible rapport of a modern day Rat Pack, the quartet — recent leading cast members of the Tony Award®-winning musical Jersey Boys — deliver an evening of unforgettable entertainment. You’ll hear Doo-Wop, Motown, Rock ‘n’ Roll and your favorite songs from The Drifters, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, and more. Plus a “show-stopping” salute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
David Sedaris
Wed. Apr. 19
8:00 PM
Known for cutting wit and sharp social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. Master of satire, David has written multiple books as well as collections of personal essays. His most recent book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, became an immediate bestseller, with the audio version earning a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word Album. His pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker and have twice been included in “The Best American Essays.”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Alton Brown Live! Eat Your Science
Thu. Apr. 20
8:00 PM
Alton Brown has a knack for mixing together a perfect base of science, music and food into two hours of pure entertainment. In “Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science” fans can expect all-new everything including songs, multimedia presentations, talk-show antics, and bigger and better potentially dangerous food demonstrations. Alton promises “plenty of new therapy-inducing opportunities during our audience participation segments. I don’t want to give too much away, but this time we’re going to play a little game while we’re at it. Plus, you’ll see things I’ve never been allowed to do on TV.” He’s also contemplating more sophisticated protective gear for folks in the first few rows…just in case things get messy…again.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
One Night of Queen
Sun. Apr. 23
7:00 PM
In 2000, Gary Mullen won the British network ITV’s “Stars In Their Eyes” Live Grand Final, with the largest number of votes ever received more than twice that of the runner-up. Gary began touring on his own and in 2002 formed a band ‘The Works’, to pay tribute to rock legends Queen. Since then, Gary Mullen and the Works have performed throughout the UK, USA, Europe, South Africa and New Zealand to sell-out audiences. One Night of Queen is a spectacular live concert, recreating the look, sound, pomp and showmanship of arguably the greatest rock band of all time. This show will ROCK you!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Kinky Boots
Tue. Apr. 25
8:00 PM
KINKY BOOTS is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Kinky Boots
Wed. Apr. 26
8:00 PM
KINKY BOOTS is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Kinky Boots
Thu. Apr. 27
8:00 PM
KINKY BOOTS is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Kinky Boots
Fri. Apr. 28
8:00 PM
KINKY BOOTS is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Kinky Boots
Sat. Apr. 29
2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
KINKY BOOTS is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Kinky Boots
Sun. Apr. 30
2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
KINKY BOOTS is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368

 

May


Evolving/Revolving
Thu. May. 11
7:30 PM
Remembering dancers and choreographers who have graced our stage as well as ones that are nationally celebrated, this concert is a mixture of re-staged favorites by Alyson Dolan (recent winner of the Austin Critics Best-Dancer Award), and includes new works by Sarasota’s local Hip-Hop sensation Kris Tetris Powell and former Sarasota Ballet stalwart Sayward Grindley.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts
Information: sarasotacontemporarydance.org or 941.359.0099
Evolving/Revolving
Fri. May. 12
7:30 PM
Remembering dancers and choreographers who have graced our stage as well as ones that are nationally celebrated, this concert is a mixture of re-staged favorites by Alyson Dolan (recent winner of the Austin Critics Best-Dancer Award), and includes new works by Sarasota’s local Hip-Hop sensation Kris Tetris Powell and former Sarasota Ballet stalwart Sayward Grindley.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts
Information: sarasotacontemporarydance.org or 941.359.0099
Evolving/Revolving
Sat. May. 13
7:30 PM
Remembering dancers and choreographers who have graced our stage as well as ones that are nationally celebrated, this concert is a mixture of re-staged favorites by Alyson Dolan (recent winner of the Austin Critics Best-Dancer Award), and includes new works by Sarasota’s local Hip-Hop sensation Kris Tetris Powell and former Sarasota Ballet stalwart Sayward Grindley.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts
Information: sarasotacontemporarydance.org or 941.359.0099
Evolving/Revolving
Sun. May. 14
2:00 PM
Remembering dancers and choreographers who have graced our stage as well as ones that are nationally celebrated, this concert is a mixture of re-staged favorites by Alyson Dolan (recent winner of the Austin Critics Best-Dancer Award), and includes new works by Sarasota’s local Hip-Hop sensation Kris Tetris Powell and former Sarasota Ballet stalwart Sayward Grindley.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts
Information: sarasotacontemporarydance.org or 941.359.0099

 

 

 

Recurring Events

Handz-on Family Program
Every Sunday
1:00-3:00 PM
Children ages 6 - 12 are invited to bring their favorite adult to the Ringling Museum for Handz-On!  Guided by creative Museum educators, families will explore the galleries, enjoy family-friendly activities, and make fabulous works of art
Location:  John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Information:  To reserve your space, call Janine Packard, Education Specialist at 941-359-5700 ex 1-3703, or email jpackard@ringling.org   www.ringling.org
Palm Singles
Every Monday
6:00 PM
Over 50's singles group meets for dinner at 6 pm followed by a program. We also offer a full monthly calendar of events. This is a great time to come out and make new friends.
Location:  Church of the Palms 3224 Bee Ridge Road
Information:  For dinner reservation call Dotty, 941.924.7430
Meet The Sky
First Monday of the Month from Jan - Sep
Dusk
Join Eve Plews and other sky observers as we explore the infinite night sky. See constellations, stars and planets through telescope provided. Weather permitting. Free for all ages!
Location:  Siesta Key Beach Pavilion
Information:  941.952.1200
Free Yoga On Siesta Beach
Every Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat
9:00 AM
Bring your own mat and water to the Siesta Beach Main Entrance. Taught by Avananda (with over 35 years of teaching experience in Hawaii and around the world. If your  coming for the first time it would be good to call.
Location:  Siesta Beach
Information:  941-320-6693 or email yogaonsiesatabeach@yahoo.com hathayogalesson.com
Sarasota African Violet Society
Every 3rd Tuesday  except June, July, August
10:00 AM - Noon
Learn and share America's favorite and most recognized house plant,including monthly workshops.
Location:  First Baptist Church 265 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey
Information:  941.343.0976
Art on the Boardwalk
Every Tuesday, Feb. & March
Noon - Dusk
This exhibit is a juried, weekly event showcasing the fine art and quality craftsmanship of approximately 30 outstanding local and regional artists.
Location:  The Boat Yard Village, 1508 Stickney Pt Rd
Information:  941.539.7972
Edson Keith Mansion Historic Tours
Wednesdays through April 27, 2016 10:00 AM
Tour this Italian Renaissance Mansion, built in 1916. Docents will take guests through the house, recounting its history, its occupants and the early days of the Sarasota Community. Donations gratefully accepted.
Location:  Phillippi Estate Park 5500 S. Trail
Information:  941.316.1309 or www.farmhousemarket.org
MOMS Club of Sarasota North
Every 1st Wednesday
10:00 AM
We discuss club business and activities planned for the month while children play or make a craft. You and your children are WELCOME to join us.
Location:  St. James United Methodist, 2049 N. Honore Ave.
Information:  941.306.3649 or momsclubofsarasotanorth.com
Mommy and Me at Mote
Every Thursday
9:50 AM
Ocean education for small fry! Kids ages 2-5 and their favorite adults learn together through marine-themed games, songs, stories, crafts, role plays, and guided visits to the Mote exhibits. Pre-registration is required. Meet at the Aquarium Entrance.
Location:  Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Information:  www.mote.org/mommyandme
Preschool Storytime
Every Thursday
10:00 & 11:15 AM
For ages 3 and up. Read-aloud stories, music, films, finger games, and community guests.
Location:  Selby Public Library, 1331 First St.
Information:  941.316.1181
Not-Two-Young Storytime
Every Thursday
10:00 AM & 11:15 AM
For 2-year-olds and an accompanying adult. Read-aloud stories, music, films, finger games, and community guests.
Location:  Selby Public Library, 1331 First St.
Information:  941.316.1181
Sarasota Shell Club
2nd Thrusday of the Month, Sep - Apr
7:00 PM
Meetings include:  Guest speaker, raffle, door prizes,business meeting, refreshments, and a whole lot of shell talk. Don't miss the fun.  Everyone Welcome.
Location:  Waldemere Fire Station, 2nd Floor
Information:  sarasotashellclub@hotmail.com
Positively Speaking Toastmasters
Every Friday
6:00 PM
Do something different on Friday nights by challenging your mind and having loads of fun with a great group of people. Guests are always welcome.
Location:  Episcopal Church of the Nativity, 5900 N. Lockwood Ridge Road
Information:  941.685.1614 or posspeaking.freetoasthost.org
>Live from Downtown it's Friday Night!
Every Friday
6:00 - 9:00 PM
Friday night downtown has never been better, featuring a different downtown Sarasota neighborhood each week. Every month a new theme to showcase and celebrate Sarasota's unique seasons and holidays.
Location:  1st Friday Palm Ave, Main St, 1st St & Whole Foods
2nd Friday Burns Square (South Pineapple)
3rd Friday Towles Court (Adams & Washington)
4th Friday Rosemary District (Fruitville & Central)
Information: 
Sarasota Farmers Market
Every Saturday
7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Every Saturday, rain or shine, the Downtown Farmers' Market is is a potpourri of fresh produce, food, flowers and plants, fine artisanship, friends and fun. It has become a community happening - a gathering place for people to bring families, friends and even dogs to peruse the displays of garden-fresh produce and unique craft products.
Location:  Main St. and Lemon Ave
Information:  www.sarasotafarmersmarket.org
Mommy and Me at Mote
Every Saturday
9:50 AM
Ocean education for small fry! Kids ages 2-5 and their favorite adults learn together through marine-themed games, songs, stories, crafts, role plays, and guided visits to the Mote exhibits. Pre-registration is required. Meet at the Aquarium Entrance at 9:50 AM.
Location:  Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Information:  www.mote.org/mommyandme