Friday, February 27   

Events

 
Coming Events
The Matchmaker
Jan. 6 - Apr. 11
Times Vary
The uproarious comedy that inspired the Broadway musical, Hello, Dolly!, Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker proves that sometimes money can buy happiness.
Location: Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trail
Information: www.asolorep.org or 941.351.8000
Both Your Houses
Jan. 12 - Apr. 21
Times Vary
A comic masterpiece that could have been pulled straight from today's headlines, this marvelous political satire is as relevant today as when it won the Pulitzer Prize in 1933. Colorful characters, sharp wit and glorious wisecracks reminiscent of 1930s screwball comedies add to the fun and fury.
Location: Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trail
Information: www.asolorep.org or 941.351.8000
Master Artists of the Sun Coast Gala
Fri. Feb. 27
6:00 PM
Gala fund-raiser for the Keith Farmhouse, the Master Artists of the Light Chasers will mingle and sell their works at this Reception in the Edson Keith Mansion. Tickets: $25.00 per person, in advance. tnmason@gmail.com for tickets and sponsor info.
Location: Phillippi Estate Park 5500 S. Trail
Information: 941.366.1323
ARTS in the Park Light Chasers Master Artists Show and Sale
Fri. Feb. 27
6:00 PM
Gala Show of 9 Master Plein Air Artists. Fund-raiser to help the restoration of the historic Edson Keith Farmhouse. $25.00 per person.
Location: Phillippi Estate Park 5500 S. Trail
Information: www.lightchasersinc.com or 941.316.1309
Light Chasers 4th Annual Art Show/Sale
Feb. 28
5:00 - 8:00 PM
FREE Gala at Edson Keith Mansion, with Master Artist Morgan Samuel Price jurying the largest Paint Out in Florida. Bill Farnsworth's painting, "Hangin' with Albin" will be raffled off at this event. Expanded show from last night!
Location: Phillippi Estate Park 5500 S. Trail
Information: www.lightchasersinc.com or 941.316.1309
Light Chasers 4th Annual Art Show/Sale
Mar. 1
Noon - 5:00 PM
Continuation of the Light Chasers 4th Annual Show/Sale.. the culmination of the largest Paint Out! covering Sarasota County, in the state. FREE to the public. Jazz Concert too today!
Location: Phillippi Estate Park 5500 S. Trail
Information: www.lightchasersinc.com or 941.316.1309
Paul Anka
Mon. Mar. 2
8:00 PM
Legendary singer/songwriter, Paul Anka, was one of the biggest teen idols of the late '50s, later moving into the adult sphere as a successful performer, songwriter and recording artist. Known for hits "Diana," "Lonely Boy," and "Put Your Head on My Shoulder," Anka also penned big hits like "She's a Lady," and lyrics for Sinatra's "My Way."
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Russian National Ballet: Gala Program
Tue. Mar. 3
8:00 PM
The sensational Russian National Ballet showcases traditional Russian masterpieces while training the next generation of world-class dancers. This stunning "Gala Program" features Pas de deux movements from ballet's most beloved works, including Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Don Quixote, Dying Swan, and Romeo and Juliet.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Jekyll & Hyde
Thu. Mar. 5
8:00 PM
Glamorous, sexy and deliciously wicked, this enthralling musical based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic gothic novella is about the brilliant but obsessive scientist whose sadistic alter ego wreaks havoc across Victorian London. Written by Frank Wildhorn, with book and lyrics by Academy Award-winning composer Leslie Bricusse (Stop The World I Want to Get Off, Scrooge, Doctor Dolittle, Victor/Victoria, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), and featuring the hit song "This Is The Moment."
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Paul Carroll: Raised on Songs and Stories
Fri. Mar. 6
11:00 AM
Musical Performance: Former singer of Australia's premier Celtic Band, Poteen, Paul Carroll has brought Irish music, song and storytelling to U.S. stages for the past 25 years. His latest CD, "The Road You Take," has just been released. Celebrate St. Pat's Day early with Paul at the library.
Location: Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Public Library, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice
Information: fl.evanced.info/sclibs/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=79859 or 941.861.5000
60's Dance Bash
Fri. Mar. 6
6:00 PM
60's Dance music with DJ Alan! Enjoy Dancing, a gourmet dinner, and DRESS 60's Style. Sarasota Singles Society. SSS Members $58.00 RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE Non- members $68.00 RSVP
Location: The Meadows Country Club
Information: www.sarasotasinglessociety.com or 941.504.4064
Moon Over Myakka Concert- - Ben Prestage
Fri. Mar. 6
7:00 PM
Ben’s approach to instrumentation, (fingerstyle guitar, harmonica, banjo, lap-steel, fiddle, resonator guitar, foot-drums, vocals). All awards aside, he has proven himself, through his live performances, to be the future of American Blues, Roots Music, and Americana and is one of today’s most talented outsider. Bring a chair and picnic to enjoy the music by a fire pit. Come early to get your spot. Tickets sold day of event. Cost $20.00 ($15.00 for Friends members)
Location: Myakka River State Park
Information: www.myakkariver.org/events or 941.373.7839
26th Historical LeBarge Cruise
Sun. Mar. 8
11:00 AM
The Historical Society of Sarasota County (HSOSC) is hosting its 26th Historical Cruise and Tour of Sarasota Bay on the LeBarge tour boat on Sunday, March 8, 2015 from 11am to 1pm. The cruise will feature narration by popular local historian John McCarthy. Guests can expect a complimentary continental breakfast and a cash bar at noon. Tickets are $40 per person. A VIP pass is available for $50 which provides early boarding and a complimentary beverage from the bar (limited to beer, wine and soda). Reservations are a MUST.
Location: LeBarge slip, south of Marina Jack in Sarasota’s Bayfront Park
Information: www.hsosc.com or 941.364.9076
Three Dog Night
Mon. Mar. 9
8:00 PM
Grammy-nominated Rock & Roll icons, Three Dog Night have spent the last four decades weaving their hits into the fabric of pop culture. Between 1969 and 1970, the band sold more tickets, more albums, and had more top 10 hits than any other artists. Three Dog Night's non-stop touring offering fans classics like "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)," "Joy to The World," "Black And White," and incredible new material that's on par with the oldies you love!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Our Betters
Mar. 11 - Apr. 19
Times Vary
If this play were a personal ad, it might read: Rich American women seeking financially strapped British men with titles. A hot topic (i.e. Downton Abbey) on both sides of the pond when this delightfully cheeky play was written in 1917, the exchange of a "milady" for a large financial sum was all the rage. But the emotional cost of social climbing is revealed in this sexy, stylish and wildly witty look at Europe's posh set and the Americans who crashed the party.
Location: Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trail
Information: www.asolorep.org or 941.351.8000
Jersey Boys
Mar 11,12,13,14
8:00 PM Mar 12 2:00 PM
Mar 15 1:30 & 7:00 PM
"TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE!" raves the New York Post for JERSEY BOYS, the 2006 Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were 30!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
4th Annual Children's Day in the Park
Mar 11
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Spring Break's mid week Holiday! Games, Arts/Crafts Show, children's activities, live music, FREE Parking, food, picnic tables, Authors, books, Krisztina's Games of Skill for all ages is back! Dogs allowed in park too!
Location: Phillippi Estate Park 5500 S. Trail
Information: www.farmhousemarket.org or 941.861.5000
The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota's 2015 Creators & Collectors Self-Guided Art & Studio Tour
Mar 13 & 14
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
This one-of-a-kind tour features hundreds of works of art by well established working artists in Sarasota County. Enjoy the unique opportunity of visiting 6 Sarasota area Artists at their homes and studios and visit our Galleria. Meet the artists and learn about their techniques. Explore their studios and view their art. Art works will be available to purchase. Tickets for the tour can be purchased in advance for $20.00 directly on our web site. Tickets are $25.00 at the door.
Location: Diane Roskamp Exhibition Hall, 2700 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.fineartssarasota.com or 941.330.0680
Sarasota's 1st Annual Tavern Toss
Mar 14
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
The ABA Academy Inc. of Sarasota, FL and Sacred Ghost Records will be hosting Sarasota's 1st Annual Tavern Toss fundraiser. All proceeds of the fundraiser event will assist the local autism school The ABA Academy. The fun filled family friendly event will feature a corn hole tournament; live music by Anything But Broke and much more! For more information on signing up for the corn hole tournament, ABA Academy Inc. or vendor opportunities for the corn hole tournament online by contacting shelfritz@yahoo.com or calling (941) 896-7431.
Location: Evie's on Bee Ridge Rd.
Information: 727.480.8305
Spring Tropical Fruit Tree Sale/Garden Festival
Mar 14
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
A Tropical Fruit Tree Sale/Spring Garden Festival sponsored by the Suncoast Tropical Fruit and Vegetable Club. Inside and Air Conditioned you will find a wide selection of tropical fruit trees, bushes and vines available for sale. Also available will be Organic creams, slaves and soap; organic worm castings; raw organic honey; the Sarasota County Master Gardener Help Desk; and much more.
Location: Nokomis Community Center, 234 East Nippino Trail, Nokomis
Information: www.growables.org/clubs/suncoast.html or 941.473.1451
The Pops Orchestra: The Amazing Technicolors of Broadway!
Sun. Mar. 15
3:00 PM
The Pops Orchestra and the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe team together to perform some of Broadway's most colorful compositions including songs from Porgy and Bess, Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies, the musical Ain't Misbehavin', songs from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Somewhere That's Green from Little Shop of Horrors, Red and Black from Les Miserables, and more!
Location: Riverview Performing Arts Center
Information: www.thepopsorchestra.org or 941.926.7677
First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon and Relay
Sun. Mar. 15
7:00 AM
Half Marathon and Relay race through scenic Sarasota. Join us for a great race as we celebrate 10 years! The First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon & Relay is one of the premiere running events in West Florida, making this a tradition for family, friends and runners from all over the country to enjoy. With most of the course running either right next to the water or a couple of blocks from the bay, runners will always feel the breeze. This city is a gem in the West Florida coast and this event is one of its crown jewels. Now is your chance to register and become a part of the last of the five Florida Storm Series events to win your bling!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Center
Information: www.usroadsports.com/Signature/Sarasota/default.taf or 305.278.8668
The Pops Orchestra: The Amazing Technicolors of Broadway!
Mon. Mar. 16
7:30 PM
The Pops Orchestra and the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe team together to perform some of Broadway's most colorful compositions including songs from Porgy and Bess, Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies, the musical Ain't Misbehavin', songs from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Somewhere That's Green from Little Shop of Horrors, Red and Black from Les Miserables, and more!
Location: Neel Performing Arts Center
Information: www.thepopsorchestra.org or 941.926.7677
Anything Goes
Mon. Mar. 16
8:00 PM
ALL ABOARD for this saucy and splendid production of Anything Goes, winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival and Choreography. Peppering this first-class comedy are some of musical theatre's most memorable standards, including Cole Porter's "I Get a Kick Out of You," "You're the Top," and of course, "Anything Goes." Don't miss what the AP exclaims as, "So DELIGHTFUL, So DELICIOUS, So DE-LOVELY!"
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sarasota Singles Society / Murder Mystery Dinner Train
Tue. Mar. 17
4:00 PM
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day mixing and mingling with our members and guests. We will be transported by motor coach to board our private vintage railcar enjoying a 5 course dinner and murder mystery. By reservation only. Members $129.00 Non Members $149.00
Location: Sarasota to Ft. Meyers by coach
Information: www.sarasotasinglessociety.com or 941.504.4064
The Manhattan Transfer
Wed. Mar. 18
8:00 PM
Vocal Group Hall of Fame inductees, and 10-time Grammy winners The Manhattan Transfer became one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful vocal groups of all time. Their album Vocalese earned a monumental 12 Grammy nominations. The Manhattan Transfer's A Cappella meets Jazz Fusion approach has created a style that is surely deserving of their celebrity status.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Gardens in Paradise Tour
Mar. 21
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Experience 5 beautiful and unique private gardens, along with the 1 acre gardens of Sarasota Garden Club. Get design inspiration from passionate gardeners. At the SGC clubhouse, have lunch on the patio, and shop the Gardeners Marketplace for plants and many gardening tools and decor.
Location: Sarasota Garden Club
Information: www.gardensinparadise.com or 941.955.0875
Itzhak Perlman
Sat. Mar. 21
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: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Great Romantic Piano
Sun. Mar. 22
3:30 PM
World acclaimed Russian virtuoso Eleonora Lvov, popular recording artist and teacher, plays a wide spectrum of music ? with the artist's own personal impressions and historical remarks. Experience romance and poetry with this "luminous, boldly emotive pianist with staggering technique who emanates ardent passion and spirituality through music".
Location: Yamaha Piano Concert Hall, 7606 South Tamiami Trail
Information: www.eleonoralvov.com or 941.358.0235
Audra McDonald
Sun. Mar. 22
7:00 PM
Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry as both singer and actress. With a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and a long list of other accolades to her name, she is among today's most highly regarded performers. Blessed with a luminous soprano and an incomparable gift for dramatic truth-telling, she is equally at home on Broadway and opera stages as in roles on film and television. In addition to her theatrical work, she maintains a major career as a concert and recording artist, regularly appearing on the great stages of the world.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Jackie Evancho
Tue. Mar. 24
7:30 PM
Jackie Evancho is the break out star from America's Got Talent and was the biggest selling debut artist of 2011 selling a total of 3 million CDs in the US. Her forthcoming album Awakening extends her stylistic reach to include contemporary material in addition to the classical styling for which she is widely hailed. The track diversity includes the Phantom of the Opera, Rachmaninoff, and the band U2's "With or Without You," allowing her "emotional intensity and technique" to flourish.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Cesar Milan LIVE!
Thu. Mar. 26
8:00 PM
Cesar Millan, the internationally renowned author and star of Nat Geo WILD's Leader of the Pack and the original host of the long-running series, Dog Whisperer, will reveal the secrets of happier, healthier relationships between humans and their canine companions...live! Joined by his right-hand dog, Junior, Cesar will share his philosophies and methods and will present live demonstrations with various dogs. The audience will also have the chance to ask Cesar their questions during the Q&A session.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sarah McLachlan
Fri. Mar. 27
8:00 PM
Sarah has sold over 40 million albums worldwide, won three Grammy Awards and eight Juno Awards, and was a founder and the face of the Lilith Fair tours, which showcased female musicians and raised over seven million dollars for local and national charities. McLachlan is also the founder of the non-profit organization the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, which provides free afterschool music education for at-risk and underserved kids who otherwise would have no access to music programming.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Manatee Concert Band "An Afternoon at the Movies"
Sun. Mar. 29
3:00 PM
The Manatee Concert Band will present their Annual Spring Concert. This Concert will highlight the Band with several pieces from Broadway Hit Musicals. There will be a Guest Percussionist from Kutztown University along with a wide variety of other musical favorites. You won't want to miss this wonderful afternoon of great music. Free Admission! Everyone Welcome!
Location: Neel Performing Arts Center at SCF, 5840 26th St. W, Bradenton
Information: manateeconcertband.org or 260.410.4126
Sotto Voce
Mar. 31 - Apr.26
Times Vary
In this exquisite, dreamlike sonata of a play, Greenfield Prize and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Nilo Cruz (Anna in the Tropics) examines the resiliency of true love and the indelible power of memories.
Location: Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trail
Information: www.asolorep.org or 941.351.8000
Flashdance
Wed. Apr. 1
8:00 PM
This inspiring and unforgettable story of a working-class girl with a dream of becoming a professional dancer features a score of smash hits, including the Academy Award-winning title track "Flashdance-What a Feeling," "Maniac," "I Love Rock & Roll," and 16 new, original songs and book by Tom Hedley (co-writer of the original screenplay with Joe Eszterhas) and Robert Cary. Sarasota Premiere
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Kathy Griffin
Thu. Apr. 2
7:00 PM
Double Emmy winning and Grammy nominated Chicago native Kathy Griffin, a multi-faceted performer with a rapid fire wit, is probably best known for her four-year stint on the NBC sitcom "Suddenly Susan" as Vickie Groener, Brooke Shields' acerbic colleague. After moving west and joining the famed Los Angeles Groundlings comedy improvisational troupe, Kathy began building her resume with guest starring roles on such series as "ER" and "Seinfeld" - where she created recurring character Sally Weaver.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Temptations and The Four Tops
Fri. Apr. 3
8:00 PM
Back by popular demand! Two of Motown's beloved vocal sensations come together for an unforgettable evening! The Four Tops, known for chart-topping hits "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)," "It's the Same Old Song," and "Reach Out I'll Be There," and so many more, share the stage with the Temptations - legendary tunes include "My Girl," "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," and "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone."
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Memphis
Sat. Apr. 4
8:00 PM
In the underground nightclubs of 1950s Memphis, the soul of a new era is dawning as the first sounds of rock 'n' roll, blues and gospel are hitting the mainstream. The winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best Musical, this hot musical, featuring original songs by Bon Jovi co-founder David Bryan, and a gripping, true-life story from Joe DiPietro, will exhilarate you with its roof-raising energy.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
St Petersburg L'Hermitage Theater “Russian Ballet¨
Tue. Apr. 7
8:00 PM
St Petersburg L'Hermitage "Russian Ballet" is one of the most the most prestigious ballets in the world, touring for the first time in US. The theater "Russian ballet" perceives as its main mission the presentation of the authentic choreography of the Kirov (presently Marinsky) theater. During this tour, St Petersburg L'Hermitage Theater "Russian Ballet" perform the SWAN LAKE masterpiece.
Location: VanWezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Tom Jones
Apr. 9 - May 31
Time Varies
Tom Jones is a play written by Mark Brown, who also wrote the FST audience favorite, Around The World in 80 Days. The play is an adaptation of the ground-breaking novel, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, by Henry Fielding. In this thrilling adventure of the heart, Tom Jones, a charming young man of questionable birth, is madly in love with Sophia Western. But when Sophia's father arranges for her to marry a loathsome man, she flees for her life. Aristocrats, wenches and scalawags abound in this bawdy and rollicking romp through the back roads and bedchambers of England.
Location: Florida Studio Theatre
Information: www.floridastudiotheatre.org/show_shows.php?id=406 or 941.366.9000
Boz Scaggs
Thu. Apr. 9
8:00 PM
Sarasota Premiere! Raised in Texas with an abiding respect for a wide spectrum of American roots music, Scaggs has combined rock, jazz, R&B and blues to create a trademark sound. With an extensive and distinctive career that has spanned 30 years and many accolades, Scaggs continues to prove himself as one of music's most creative and original artists.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Moon Over Myakka Concert-Reverend Barry and Funktastic Soul featuring the Hellacious Horns
Fri. Apr. 10
7:00 PM
This is the perfect band for our Grand Finale of the season! They are one of the few bands in the entire state of Florida with a 3-piece horn section that belts out music you will love grooving to the whole night. They may have a crazy long name, but if I had one word to describe their music...FUN!!!! And as always, all of our bands are family friendly bands, so bring the whole clan. Bring a chair and picnic to enjoy the music by a fire pit. Come early to get your spot. Tickets sold day of event. Cost $20.00 ($15.00 for Friends members)
Location: Myakka River State Park
Information: www.myakkariver.org/events or 941.373.7839
Gloria Musicae: Old and New
Sun. Apr. 12
7:00 PM
Ultra romantic Puccini and contemporary wunderkind Ola Gjeilo unite for a stunning combination of Mass settings in collaboration with the State College of Florida Chamber Singers.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Johnny Mathis
Sun. Apr. 12
7:00 PM
The smooth Johnny Mathis returns to Sarasota with hits such as "Wonderful, Wonderful," "It's Not For Me To Say," "Chances Are," and "Misty," and many more well-loved ballads and standards. Don't miss this legendary performer who is always a sellout!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Diana Krall 2014 Wallflower Tour
Thu. Apr. 16
8:00 PM
Fresh out of the recording studio, Sarasota's favorite jazz songstress, Diana Krall returns with a new album and many of her fan favorites. The new album features timeless songs from Bob Dylan, The Eagles, The Mamas and the Papas, and Elton John among others to which Krall lends her unique brand of artistry to the hits that inspired her from the late '60s to present day. Don't miss this 5-time Grammy Award-winner!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Chris Botti
Fri. Apr. 17
8:00 PM
Trumpeter Chris Botti's soaring musical imagination, and warm and intimate live concerts have firmly established him as the world's largest selling Jazz instrumentalist. Botti recently added to his stellar parade of albums and cluster of Grammy nominations- Impressions expresses Chris's love for romantic melodies from across the world with featured songs "What a Wonderful World," "Summertime," and "Over the Rainbow."
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Robert Irvine LIVE!
Sat. Apr. 18
8:00 PM
Robert Irvine LIVE is a high energy, multimedia and multi-sensory theatrical experience. More than just a cooking demo, Robert Irvine LIVE is an interactive show that provides multiple opportunities for audience participation while witnessing the challenging nature of the TV show, Dinner: Impossible, come to life right before your eyes. Multiple cameras setup on the stage provide a close-up view of the master at his craft. Brand new music and video content specifically produced for this show combine seamlessly with the cooking to provide an experience unlike any other. In each segment of the show Robert will face a new and unique culinary challenge.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Roberta Flack
Wed. Apr. 22
8:00 PM
Internationally hailed as one of the greatest songstresses of our time, 4-time GRAMMY Award-winner and American Music Award winner, Roberta Flack remains unparalleled in her ability to tell a story through her music. Her songs bring insight into our lives, loves, culture and politics, while effortlessly traversing a broad musical landscape from pop to soul to folk to jazz.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles
Thu. Apr. 23
8:00 PM
This stunning, multimedia spectacular takes you on a musical journey through the life and times of the world's most celebrated band with such classics as "I Want To Hold Your Hand," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," "Let It Be," "Come Together" and "Hey Jude." Don't miss the Broadway smash that's taking the world by storm.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Celtic Woman
Fri. Apr. 24
7:30 PM
Global music sensation Celtic Woman brings its 10th Anniversary World Tour to the Van Wezel. This enchanting musical experience features Celtic Woman performing a treasure chest of traditional Irish standards, classical favorites and contemporary pop songs, in the group's distinctive signature style.10th Anniversary World Tour features four sublimely gifted Irish women - three angelic vocalists and a dazzling Celtic violinist - with a full band, plus the Anotas Choir, bagpipers, and Irish dancers all under the direction of Emmy-nominated music producer David Downes.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
It Only Takes A Moment
Apr. 28 - May 24
Times Vary
Created by Gordon Greenberg (Jacques Brel? ?, Working), Josh Rhodes (Cinderella, Working), and Charlie Rosen (Cyrano, One Man, Two Guv'nors), this show is a rich brew of Jerry Herman's most powerful music told in joyous uplifting song, text and dance.
Location: Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trail
Information: www.asolorep.org or 941.351.8000
Luck Be A Lady: The Iconic Music of Frank Loesser
Apr 28 - May 24
Dates & Times Vary
From his Broadway musicals Guys and Dolls and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying to his hits "Heart and Soul" and "Baby, It's Cold Outside," Frank Loesser beautifully captured the human experience through his music, and continues to touch our hearts and funny bones today.
Location: Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trail
Information: www.asolorep.org or 941.351.8000
ReptiDay Sarasota Reptile & Exotic Animal Expo
May 9
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
ReptiDay Sarasota is a one-day reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for coveted prizes. Exciting, educational, family-oriented fun for everyone! Adults - $10, Children (5-12) - $5, Under 5 - Free. Visit our website for special offers on Early Entry VIP tickets.
Location: Sarasota County Fairgrounds Potter Building
Information: www.reptiday.com/sarasota.html or 863.268.4273
Woody Sez: The Life And Music Of Woody Guthrie
May 30 - Jun 21
Dates & Times Vary
From "This Land Is Your Land" to "Bound For Glory," Woody Guthrie was the original folk hero who proved that you can strum a revolution and do it with joy. In this toe-tapping, heart-filled musical event, four actor-musicians celebrate the colorful life and rich musical legacy of this American icon.
Location: Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trail
Information: www.asolorep.org or 941.351.8000
Pump Boys & Dinettes
Jun 4 - 29
Time Varies
The pump boys sell high octane fuel on North Carolina's Highway 57 and the sassy dinettes run the Double Cupp diner next door. Between changing tires and baking pies, the gang performs a rousing, down-home mix of country western, rock n' roll and blues in this charming tale of friendship, romance and life's simple pleasures.
Location: Florida Studio Theatre
Information: www.floridastudiotheatre.org/show_shows.php?id=432 or 941.366.9000
Banyan Theater Company presents "Art"
June 25 - Jul 12
Various Dates & Times
One white painting, three colorful opinions about what constitutes art. Serge has purchased an expensive white painting. His friend Marc is horrified, which strains their relationship. Yvan, caught in the middle, tries to mollify them both. They use the canvas as an excuse to batter one another over various failures.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: www.banyantheatercompany.com or 941.358.5330
Gloria Musicae: An American Tapestry
Sat. Jul. 4
4:30 PM
Star-spangled choral fireworks highlight the annual patriotic salute to America on its birthday! Celebrate American pride with us, stay downtown for dinner and watch the fireworks over Sarasota Bay!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Banyan Theater Company presents "The Amish Project"
Jul 16 - Aug 2
Various Dates & Times
This devastatingly beautiful play compels us to question the paths we take at the crossroads of grief, rage and clemency. Inspired by the Nickel Mines school shooting, this fictional account of a real-life tragedy allows us to glimpse into the Amish culture, and see the limits of compassion and forgiveness.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: www.banyantheatercompany.com or 941.358.5330
Banyan Theater Company presents "My Old Lady"
Aug 6 - Aug 23
Various Dates & Times
When Mathias inherits an apartment in Paris, he plans to solve his financial woes by selling it. He discovers that the elderly inhabitant has lifetime rights and is not about to give them up. She invites him to stay, and he finds friendship, love, and finally deals with his father's death.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: www.banyantheatercompany.com or 941.358.5330
   
   
   
   
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 924.7430.Dotty
Meet The Sky
First Monday of the Month
Jan - Sep
8:00 PM
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.
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

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 at 9:50 AM.
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
7:00 PM, Sep - Apr
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.
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)
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

Historic Burns Square Artists' Market
Every Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Local artists display/sell handmade works of art to also include jewelry, greeting cards, pottery, quilts and so much more. Meet a local author. Taste a Chicago Hot Dog. This is a free outdoor event that runs every Saturday through May 8.
Location: Pineapple & Laurel Streets
Information: 941.927.6845 or artistsmarket
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