Thursday, November 27   

Events

 
Coming Events
South Pacific
Nov. 11 - Dec. 28
Times Vary
Pulitzer Prize for Drama, South Pacific tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples ? US Navy nurse Nellie Forbush and expatriate French plantation owner Emile de Becque, and Navy Airman Joe Cable and young local girl Liat ? and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and their own prejudices.
Location: Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trail
Information: www.asolorep.org or 941.351.8000
Meet The Sky
Fri. Nov. 28
7:00 PM
Join Eve Plews, and other sky observers at 7 p.m. at the Siesta Key Public Beach Pavilion as we explore and discover the intriguing night sky. Learn to recognize and view the stars, planets, and constellations through the telescope provided. Weather permitting. Free to all ages.
Location: Siesta Key Public Beach Pavilion
Information: 941.952.1200
Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2014
Fri. Nov. 28
8:00 PM
While jolly ol' St. Nick is busy making his list and checking it twice, Santa Koz is coming to town. Multi-GRAMMY nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz has become synonymous with the season, thanks to his high-energy holiday tour, which celebrates its 17th anniversary this year. "Dave Koz = Christmas," said the El Paso Times and Examiner.com assured readers, "There really is a...Santa Koz," calling the Dave Koz and Friends Christmas tour "a must see show."
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Kenny Rogers with Special Guest Linda Davis
Sat. Nov. 29
8:00 PM
Known for his instantly identifiable raspy vocals and an extraordinary ability to vividly inhabit each song he performs, Kenny Rogers has enjoyed great success during his storied career of nearly five and a half decades. A groundbreaking recording artist, distinctive vocalist and consummate entertainer, the legendary music icon is one of the elite few whose voice is instantly recognized the world over. The country and pop superstar has endeared music lovers around the globe with his amazing songs, heartfelt performances and rare storytelling ability.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Camelot
Nov. 30
1:30 & 7:00 PM
Experience Camelot's "one brief shining moment" as Lerner and Loewe envisioned it in one of theatre's most celebrated musicals recounting the legend of King Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, and the Knights of the Round Table. This enchanting, four-time Tony Award -winning fable of chivalry, majesty, and brotherhood includes the classic songs, "If Ever I Would Leave You," "The Simple Joys of Maidenhood," and "Camelot."
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Smokey Joe's Cafe Featuring The Coasters
Wed. Dec. 3
8:00 PM
It's BROADWAY'S LONGEST RUNNING MUSICAL REVUE! The Coasters headline this Grammy Award-winning salute to legendary songwriters Leiber and Stoller in a song-and-dance celebration of rock 'n' roll's greatest hits, including "Hound Dog," "Stand by Me," "Yakety Yak," "Jailhouse Rock," "Spanish Harlem," "Love Potion #9," and many more. The New York Times states: Leiber & Stoller are the Rodgers & Hammerstein of rock 'n' roll!"
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Malbi Decor Grand Opening
Dec 4
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Join us on December 4th from 5:30pm - 7:30pm at our new location in historic Downtown Sarasota to celebrate Malbi Decor's Grand Opening. We will be unveiling our new space as well as some of our hand selected Italian decor. Light snacks and drinks will be available. Don't forget to RSVP here: http://bit.ly/malbigrandopening-dec4
Location: Malbi Decor ,127 South Pineapple Ave
Information: malbidecor.com or 941.953.3113
Direct from Beijing, The National Acrobats of the People's Republic of China
Thu. Dec. 4
7:00 PM
Performing "Cirque Peking" one of the longest running and most distinguished circus troupes in China perfectly display their high flying acrobatics. These precision performers will mesmerize adults and children of all ages!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Holly Holiday Party
Dec. 5
5:00 - 8:00 PM
Historic Spanish Point invites you to enjoy light refreshments, holiday music & plenty of good cheer. Members-free. Members' guests-$5. All others-general admission prices.
Location: Historic Spanish Point, 337 N Tamiami Trail, Osprey
Information: www.historicspanishpoint.org or 941.966.5214
Voices of Fuzion
Dec. 5 & 6 7:30 PM
Dec. 7 2:00 PM
A dance performance presenting works by emerging choreographers Sandra Portal-Andreu & JoAnna May Ursal, company members Melissa Coleman & Erin Fletcher, and a new physically integrated work by Artistic Director Leymis Bolanos Wilmott in collaboration with sculptor Nathan Wilson, composer Mark Dancigers, and dancer Dwayne Scheuneman. $35, or $15 for student rush. Group discounts are also available.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: 941.359.0099, ext. 101.?
Masterworks - American Dream
Dec. 5 & 6
8:00 PM
Dec. 7
2:30 PM
Conductor and Pianist: Evan Haile
Don't miss this showcase of American compositional brilliance featuring guest conductor and pianist Evans Haile. Savannah River Holiday and Sequoia take their cues from nature. Copland's narrated Lincoln Portrait is every bit as illustrious and electrifying as its inspiration. The touching Adagio for Strings has become America's anthem in times of memorial. No celebration of American music is complete without Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. This concert of shorter works will be performed without intermission.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Great Escapes - Jingle All the Way
Dec. 10 5:30 PM
Dec. 11 7:30 PM
Dec. 12 5:30 PM
Dec. 13 8:00 PM
Conductor: Andrew Lanef
Celebrate the holiday season without the snow, but with many of your favorite tunes. Highlights include Rossini's Fantastic Toyshop, The Christmas Song, The Skaters Waltz, Festive Sounds of Hanukkah, White Christmas, and, of course, Jingle Bells Forever. You'll love BasSOON It Will be Christmas!
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Wed. Dec. 10
7:00 PM
Sarasota High School Drama Department presents The Adventures of Tom Sawyer live on stage. Tickets are available pre-sale at www.shstheater.com from November 10-December 5th or at the box office day of show. Tickets $7/student and $10/adult.
Location: Sarasota High School Theater
Information: www.shstheater.com or 941.955.0181
Colors of Christmas
Wed. Dec. 10
8:00 PM
Colors of Christmas brings together 4 of music's most dynamic voices in an electrifying evening of holiday celebration. Featuring the captivating voices of: Grammy Award-winner Peabo Bryson; Tony Award-winner, Jennifer Holiday; Season 2 American Idol champion, Ruben Studdard; and singer-songwriter, Taylor Dayne, the evening highlights the joy and love of the holiday season.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Thu. Dec. 11
8:00 PM
Celebrate the holidays with this vibrant concert led by conductor John Morris Russell, with vocalist Brian Stokes Mitchell (dubbed by The New York Times as "Broadway's Last Leading Man"), in a program featuring excerpts from the group's 2012 recording, Home for the Holidays, including "Sleigh Ride," "Little Drummer Boy," "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." (Program subject to change.)
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Pops Orchestra: Holiday Spirit on Broadway!
Mon. Dec. 15
7:30 PM
Nothing celebrates the holiday season like the sounds of Broadway! Many of our standard holiday songs were born there such as Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, White Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, and many more! Join the Pops Orchestra and Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota as we ring in the holiday season and new year with these wonderful Broadway holiday classics.
Location: Neel Performing Arts Center
Information: www.thepopsorchestra.org or 941.926.7677
Bowzer's Rock & Roll Holiday Party
Tue. Dec. 16
8:00 PM
Bower's Rock 'n' Roll Holiday Party is a warm and festive celebration of the holiday season featuring some great classic rock by the legendary performers. Hosted by Bowser, the former star of SHA NA NA and their hit TV series, the show features Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap. Joey Dee and his "Peppermint Twist" will kick off the evening on a lively note, while Bowzer &The Stingrays will bring the house down with some authentic gospel sounds of the season and other show stopping tunes!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Pops Orchestra: Holiday Spirit on Broadway!
Sun. Dec. 21
3:00 PM
Nothing celebrates the holiday season like the sounds of Broadway! Many of our standard holiday songs were born there such as Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, White Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, and many more! Join the Pops Orchestra and Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota as we ring in the holiday season and new year with these wonderful Broadway holiday classics.
Location: Riverview Performing Arts Center
Information: www.thepopsorchestra.org or 941.926.7677
A Christmas Carol
Sun. Dec. 21
7:00 PM
A true Sarasota favorite! The Nebraska Theatre Caravan annually tours an original adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol across the nation. From Alaska to Virginia, this Victorian rendition of the beloved tale, complete with traditional Christmas carols and a spinning bed, has delighted thousands of audience members each year.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Moscow Ballet: Great Russian Nutcracker
Dec. 27
1:00 & 5:00 PM
Moscow Ballet's spectacular Great Russian Nutcracker is the must-see event this holiday season! Celebrate the beloved Christmas tradition with the whole family as forty world-class Russian artists bring this charming classic to life. The New York Times raves "Knock Out!" Experience Tchaikovsky's master score this Christmas with the magic of larger than-life-puppets, growing Christmas tree and life-sized Matrushka Dolls! More at www.Nutcracker.com
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Jungle Jack Hanna's Into The Wild Live!
Sun. Dec. 28
7:00 PM
America's most beloved animal expert, Jack Hanna, brings his two-time Emmy Award winning television series to the live stage with Jack Hanna's Into the Wild Live! In this awe-inspiring event, Jungle Jack will introduce you to some of the world's most spectacular animals. Jack will also share humorous stories and amazing exclusive footage from his worldwide adventures. A show for all ages of animal lovers, and anyone who enjoys a good adventure story or two!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Shen Yun Performing Arts
Mon. Dec. 29
7:30 PM
Shen Yun performing arts show features traditional Chinese culture as it was meant to be experienced. It captures the spirit of ancient China, recalling the grandeur of a culture long lost. The show moves quickly from one story, region, and dynasty to the next. Dozens of dancers in dazzling costumes move in seamless, flowing patterns. China's ethnic and folk dance styles fill the stage with color and energy. In a collection of vignettes, audiences journey from ancient legends to contemporary tales of courage, from the highest heavens to the dusty plateaus of the Middle Kingdom. Gorgeous backdrops extend the stage, transporting the audience to distant lands and eras. An orchestra, combining Western and Chinese instruments like no other, accompanies with soul-stirring scores. Dancers fly across the stage in an array of flips, spins, jumps, and aerials.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Guys and Dolls
Tue. Dec. 30
8:00 PM
This 5-time Tony Award-winner celebrates Broadway's golden era with one of the greatest scores ever written for a musical by the legendary Frank Loesser. Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, Guys and Dolls features such classic tunes as "Luck Be a Lady," "Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat," and "I've Never Been In Love Before." The New York Times calls it, "The show that defines Broadway dazzle!"
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Vanessa Williams
Fri. Jan. 2
8:00 PM
One of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in entertainment today, Vanessa Williams has conquered the music charts, Broadway, music videos, television and motion pictures. She has sold over four million albums worldwide, earing multiple Grammy nominations for her songs "Colors of the Wind," "Love Is," and the #1 smash hit "Save the Best for Last."
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Salute To Vienna New Year's Concert
Sat. Jan. 3
8:00 PM
Party like it's 1899 in Vienna, the City of Dreams! Celebrate the start of 2015 with a stellar cast of European singers, dancers and a full orchestra. Returning to Van Wezel for a triumphant 19th season, this magnificent concert features uplifting melodies from world-famous operettas, such as Die Fledermaus and The Merry Widow. Don't miss the magnificent Blue Danube Waltz and the irresistible polkas and Strauss waltzes.ast and repertoire subject to change.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sister Act
Jan. 4
1:30 & 7:00 PM
Broadway's feel-amazing musical comedy smash features original music by 8-time Oscar-winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors) and tells the story of a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and ends up in the last place anyone would think to look-a convent! The New York Post calls this sparkling tribute to friendship, "Ridiculously fun." Sarasota Premiere
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Menopause the Musical
Mon. Jan. 5
8:00 PM
Four women at a lingerie sale with 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 13 years!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Beach Boys
Tue. Jan. 6
7:30 PM
You can define most pop music acts by reciting how many hits they've had and how many millions of albums they've sold. But these conventional measurements fall short when you're assessing the impact of The Beach Boys. To be sure, this band has tallied up dozens of hit singles and sold albums by the tens of millions. But its greater significance lies in the fact that it changed the musical landscape so profoundly that almost every pop act since has drawn from their influence.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
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
St. Petersburg State Symphony
Thu. Jan. 8
8:00 PM
With acclaimed conductor Vladimir Lande and the riveting superstar Andrei Gavrilov on piano, experience the one and only St. Petersburg State Symphony in an evening of outstanding music. The symphony, which was formed in 1882, is celebrated as one of the greatest orchestras in the world.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks: In Love
Fri. Jan. 9
8:00 PM
This program features three of music's most celebrated love stories. Strauss' Death and Transfiguration narrates the final hours of a man as he reminisces about his memories, ideals, and loves. Tchaikovsky's arresting Romeo and Juliet Overture needs no introduction. Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé shimmers with delicate sensuality.
Location: Neel PAC
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Bill Engvall
Fri. Jan. 9
8:00 PM
Bill Engvall is a Grammy nominated, multi-platinum selling recording artist and one of the top comedians in the country. Most recently, Bill was a contestant on season 17 of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, and as a fan favorite, he made it to the finals. Bill was part of the enormously successful Blue Collar Comedy films, which sold over nine million units and received a Grammy nomination.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks: In Love
Sat. Jan. 10
8:00 PM
This program features three of music's most celebrated love stories. Strauss' Death and Transfiguration narrates the final hours of a man as he reminisces about his memories, ideals, and loves. Tchaikovsky's arresting Romeo and Juliet Overture needs no introduction. Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé shimmers with delicate sensuality.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks: In Love
Sun. Jan. 11
2:30 PM
This program features three of music's most celebrated love stories. Strauss' Death and Transfiguration narrates the final hours of a man as he reminisces about his memories, ideals, and loves. Tchaikovsky's arresting Romeo and Juliet Overture needs no introduction. Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé shimmers with delicate sensuality.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
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
Foreigner
Mon. Jan. 12
8:00 PM
Foreigner's brand of an electrifying mix of blustery blues and impeccably crafted pop continues to captivate generation after generation. Boasting album sales exceeding 75 million, they are responsible for some of rock and roll's most enduring anthems including "Juke Box Hero," "Feels Like The First Time," "Hot Blooded," and the worldwide #1 hit, "I Want To Know What Love Is." "Cold As Ice," "Urgent," "Double Vision."
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Good People
Jan. 14 - Feb. 26f
Times Vary
This humor-filled, Tony-nominated hit from Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire takes a look at the "haves" and the "have-nots" as it questions the American dream and how to achieve it ? hard work, skill, or luck?
Location: Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trail
Information: www.asolorep.org or 941.351.8000
The Bronx Wanderers
Sun. Jan. 18
7:00 PM
Tap into the infectious energy of the music that skyrocketed classics like "American Graffiti," "Happy Days" and "A Bronx Tale" to immediate success! With superlative vocals and musicianship, dynamic enthusiasm and a genuine love of the music they perform, The Bronx Wanderers recreate the magic of the '50s, '60s and '70s. Featuring spot on renditions of classic hits from Frankie Valli, Dion, The Brooklyn Bridge, and many more, the band takes the audience on a ride that is as close to the real thing as you can get!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Michael Bolton
Wed. Jan. 21
8:00 PM
The internationally renowned maestro of love, Michael Bolton returns to Sarasota! Adding to his diversity, he recently recorded a tribute album with Motown legends such as Smokey Robinson and Valerie Simpson. His iconic Grammy Award-winning voice has sold over 53 million records, and is responsible for classic hits like "When a Man Loves a Woman", "How am I Supposed to Live Without You", "Time, Love and Tenderness," "How Can We be Lovers", "Georgia on my Mind", and many more!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
ABBA the Concert
Thu. Jan. 22
8:00 PM
Returning to the Van Wezel by tremendous popular demand, ABBA the Concert brings one of the GREATEST pop phenomena back to life, creating a truly unique experience that will have you on your feet singing every last word to many of your favorites like; "Dancing Queen," "SOS," "The Winner Takes It All," and "Mamma Mia." Disclaimer *This is a tribute concert*
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Kathleen Madigan
Fri. Jan. 23
8:00 PM
25-year comedy veteran Kathleen Madigan is one of the most respected comedians of her generation. Her third hour-long special, Madigan Again, which iTunes named one of the Best Comedy Albums of 2013, premiered exclusively on Netflix to rave reviews. One of the hardest working women in show business, Kathleen has put out an enormous body of work and toured all over the world in support of our troops.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Elvis Lives!
Sat. Jan. 24
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, as well as a tribute to Ann-Margret, audiences "Can't Help Falling In Love" with this phenomenal theatrical concert experience.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
An Evening with Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
Tue. Jan. 27
8:00 PM
With his three-and-a-half-octave vocal range, over 100 million records sold and a multi-decade career, we can't take our eyes off of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons as they perform "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Grease," "Sherry," "December 1963 (Oh What a Night)" and chart-topping hit after hit after hit!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Mark of the Fleur-de-Lis
Jan 28 -31
2:00 PM on Saturday Only
Sarasota High School Drama Department presents The Mark of the Fleur-de-Lis...an original production. Tickets are available pre-sale from December 1st-January 16th at www.shstheater.com and at the box office the day of show. Tickets $7/student and $10/adult.
Location: Sarasota High School Theater
Information: www.shstheater.com or 941.955.0181
Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.
Wed. Jan. 28
8:00 PM
As lead vocalists of one of the top singing groups of the late 60's and early 70's, The 5th Dimension, McCoo & Davis recorded such classics as "Up, Up & Away," "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In," "Wedding Bell Blues," and many other chart-toppers. They went on to record "You Don't Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show)" which was a #1 hit and earned them a seventh Grammy Award. The husband and wife team celebrate their 44th anniversary with a recent release CD, The Many Faces of Love. Come celebrate this great musical team as they sing your favorites and new hits, back to back!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks: Enigma
Thu. Jan. 29
8:00 PM
Beethoven's revered Piano Concerto No. 4 calls for a consummate artist. Don't miss this opportunity to hear Steven Hough, one of classical music's living legends, perform one of the preeminent piano concerti. Estonian composer Arvo Part is featured in his moving tribute to British composer, Benjamin Britten.
Location: Neel PAC
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Ballroom with a Twist
Thu. Jan. 29
8:00 PM
With an all-star lineup including Val Chmerkovskiy, Peta Murgatroyd, Tony Dovolani and Emma Slater, Ballroom with a Twist will help you take your obsession with talent-based reality TV shows to the next level!! Celebrity pros from Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance and American Idol celebrate the art of dance with a frenzy of sizzling styles, including the samba, waltz, foxtrot, quickstep, and jive. Sarasota Premiere
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Golden Boys
Tue. Feb. 3
8:00 PM
Performing in packed venues throughout the country since 1985, Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell have been called ''one of the most exciting acts in show business." A throwback concert experience like you never dreamed of, these teen idols of the 1950s still know how to bring the house down!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Les Ballets Trockadero
Wed. Feb. 4
8:00 PM
This playful take on classical ballet has garnered rave reviews in such esteemed publications as The New Yorker, The New York Times and The Village Voice. The troupe entrances audiences with its technical mastery, impeccable comic approach, and the astounding fact that men can, indeed, dance en pointe without falling flat on their faces.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
106 Years of Broadway
Thu. Feb. 5
8:00 PM
A Sarasota Favorite! Once again Neil Berg brings us an all-new musical revue with five Broadway stars and a great New York band, re-creating magical moments from the best that Broadway has offered over that past one hundred and six years! Hear the classics, the standards, and your all-time favorites! This show sells-out every year!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra
Fri. Feb. 6
8:00 PM
Founded in 1885 and affectionately known as "America's Orchestra," the Boston Pops is one of the most beloved orchestras in the country. Led by Keith Lockhart, it is renowned for its diverse, innovative programs that showcase established performers and rising stars from virtually every corner of the entertainment world
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Piano Guys
Sat. Feb. 7
What do you get when you mix up a marketing genius that does video, a studio engineer that writes music, a pianist that had a successful solo career, and a cellist that does pretty much everything? The Piano Guys: a miraculous meeting of "guys" with the same intrinsic purpose - to make a positive impact in the lives of people all over the world through music videos.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Pops Orchestra: Broadway Celebrates Love!
Sun. Feb. 8
3:00 PM
Love is in the air in the New York City theaters and the Sarasota/Bradenton communities. From Bernstein to Berlin, Schwartz to Sondheim, and Hamlisch to Herman, all your favorite Broadway love songs are performed with singers Robin Fernandez and Larry Alexander. This is sure to put you in the Valentines mood!
Location: Riverview Performing Arts Center
Information: www.thepopsorchestra.org or 941.926.7677
The Time Jumpers
Sun. Feb. 8
7:00 PM
The Time Jumpers currently consist of 11 band members, featuring Vince Gill (vocals, electric & acoustic guitars), "Ranger Doug" Green (vocals, acoustic rhythm guitar), Dawn Sears (vocals), and Kenny Sears (vocals, fiddle). The Time Jumpers were established in Nashville in 1998, they began as a group of talented musicians who wanted to jam together and kick back at the Station Inn on the quiet Monday nights. Soon Monday nights were sounding like Saturday nights and were packed with exuberant crowds. Word spread along Music Row and big stars began dropping by, some to sit in with the band and others to enjoy the sweet music. Among those drop-ins were Bonnie Raitt, Reba McEntire, Norah Jones, Robert Plant, The White Stripes, Kings of Leon, Jimmy Buffet and Kelly Clarkson.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Pops Orchestra: Broadway Celebrates Love!
Mon. Feb. 9
7:30 PM
Love is in the air in the New York City theaters and the Sarasota/Bradenton communities. From Bernstein to Berlin, Schwartz to Sondheim, and Hamlisch to Herman, all your favorite Broadway love songs are performed with singers Robin Fernandez and Larry Alexander. This is sure to put you in the Valentines mood!
Location: Neel Performing Arts Center
Information: www.thepopsorchestra.org or 941.926.7677
The Duke Ellington Orchestra
Mon. Feb. 9
8:00 PM
One of the most influential figures in jazz, if not all American music, Duke Ellington produced an astoundingly rich body of music. In addition to leading his orchestra for more than 50 years, Ellington also composed movie scores, stage musicals, and toured the world over. Now led by his grandson, Paul Mercer Ellington, The Duke Ellington Orchestra continues to thrill audiences with its signature style of ground breaking jazz
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Orchestra
Wed. Feb. 11
8:00 PM
Celebrating and fortifying the American Jazz portfolio, Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra are leaders of the modern New Orleans Jazz movement. Founder and Artistic Director, Irvin Mayfield is a Grammy and Billboard Award-winning trumpeter whose enthusiastic band leadership embodies his dedication to jazz music and lights the way for the future of the foundational genre.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Peter and the Starcatcher
Thu. Feb. 12
8:00 PM
The winner of 5 Tony Awards, this swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan is based on the bestselling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and features more than 100 unforgettable characters-all on a journey to answer the age-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up? This hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew will delight audiences of all ages.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Sinatra Centennial Starring Michael Feinstein
Sat. Feb. 14
8:00 PM
Grammy nominated, Ambassador of the American Songbook, Michael Feinstein returns to celebrate the centennial of one of the greatest voices in American music history, Frank Sinatra! Join Feinstein as he pays homage to this monumental performer, his legacy and music in true class and style. What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than with the music of Frank Sinatra!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Piano Men starring Jim Witter
Sun. Feb. 15
8:00 PM
A musical journey through the '70s, featuring the songs of Billy Joel and Elton John, The Piano Men salutes two of the most popular contemporary songwriters in history. Accompanied by musicians on keyboards, guitar, bass, flute, sax and drums, Jim Witter leads a multimedia performance featuring iconic imagery of the times. The audience will be transported through a musical time machine as The Piano Men recreate more than a decade of classic tunes.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Dancing Pros Live!
Mon. Feb. 16
8:00 PM
Ballroom dance champions from around the world dazzle audiences in this exciting live competition featuring sensational sets, glamorous costumes and unbelievable dance moves. Audience members can vote for their favorite couple using electronic voting. Starring Karina Smirnoff, Chelsie Hightower, and Edyta Sliwinska from Dancing With The Stars, and hosted by Alan Thicke (Growing Pains). A Sarasota Premiere
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Tue. Feb. 17
7:30 PM
Experience the raw power and joy of dance as this preeminent dance troupe brings the pulse-racing thrill of contemporary favorites and time-honored classics, such as Alvin Ailey's soulful masterpiece, Revelations. "Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is a must-see."-The Wall Street Journal.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Discover DaVinci and Michelangelo : Side by Side
Wed. Feb. 18
8:00 PM
The "tour de force" performance..."Discover DaVinci & Michelangelo: Side by Side" returns to the Van Wezel for a 2nd year. Mark Rodgers, Curator of the DaVinci Machines and Michelangelo Exhibitions from the permanent Museum of Leonardo DaVinci in Florence, Italy, will take you on an awe-inspiring journey through the Italian Renaissance as seen through the eyes of these two, monumental geniuses. This non-stop, multi-media performance features movies, videos, 3-D animations, and images of DaVinci and Michelangelo's inventions, machines, sketches, codices, paintings, and sculptures.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Garrison Keillor
Thu. Feb. 19
8:00 PM
America's Master Storyteller, humorist, author, musician, and host of Public Radio's A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor returns to the Van Wezel for another memorable night of heartening tales and thought provoking perspectives. With his signature wit and wisdom this Grammy Award-winner is always a sellout show.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Ringo Starr And His All Starr Band
Tue. Feb. 24
8:00 PM
The legendary drummer will appear backed up by an "All Starr" lineup of top-notch musicians, including: Steve Lukather (Toto), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Gregg Rolie (Journey, Santana), Todd Rundgren, Gregg Bissonette and Warren Ham. This incarnation of the All Starr band is the same line up Ringo has played with since 2012, with whom he loves performing. "We have so much fun playing together, we don't want it to end!" The night will include classic Beatles tunes that have influenced generations of music fans, as well as notable songs which brought acclaim to the various members of the All Starr Band.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
   
   
   
   
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