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October


Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves
Oct 5 - Jan 29
Various Dates & Times
Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves celebrates the women who have captivated the world with their dynamic personalities and fierce vocals. From the 1970s to today, female artists have been pop pioneers; pushing boundaries and charting new musical territory. Featuring songs by powerhouse performers such as Cher, Tina Turner, Reba McEntire, and Peggy Lee. "If you really want something you can.. make it happen" - Cher
Location: Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Avenue
Information: www.floridastudiotheatre.org or 941.366.9000

 

November


Piano Men
Nov 30 - Mar 31
Various Dates & Times
A tribute to the virtuosity and elegance of the "piano man," Piano Men features the works of the 20th Century's best pianists such as Billy Joel, Elton John, and Barry Manilow with songs such as "Piano Man," "Your Song," and "I Write the Songs." "Music is... an explosive expression of humanity" - Billy Joel
Location: Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Avenue
Information: www.floridastudiotheatre.org or 941.366.9000

 

December


Clever Little Lies
Dec 14 - Mar 4
Various Dates & Times
Secrets are exposed and clever little lies are crafted when a confidence shared between father and son escalates into an unexpected family disclosure that could change everything. Shattering and hilarious, Clever Little Lies is a story of long-term love and marriage...for better...and for worse. "Touching" - The New York Times
Location: Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Avenue
Information: www.floridastudiotheatre.org or 941.366.9000

 

January


Adam Trent: The Futurist
Sun. Jan. 22
7:00 PM
Adam Trent truly exemplifies a new generation of magician. As one of the stars of the hit Broadway show The Illusionists, which shattered box office records during its 2014-2015 run, he is one of the most in-demand illusionists working today. Described as Justin Timberlake meets David Copperfield, his audience-interactive performances are part magic, part concert, and part stand-up comedy. In addition to TV appearances and a staggering schedule of over 300 live shows each year, Adam has a vast history of philanthropic work for which US News & World Report Magazine named him '1 of the 10 Most Influential Youths in America'.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Family Celebration Luncheon
Mon. Jan. 23
11:30 AM
Be our guest for lunch and celebrate the achievements of families, children, seniors and veterans who turn to JFCS for help. You will hear first-hand how our services & programs have made a positive impact on their lives and within our community. R.S.V.P by January 16th to Lynne Georgette at 941-366-2224, ext 181 or email lgeorgette@jfcs-cares.org
Location: Michael's On East
Information: jfcs-cares.org or 941.366.2224 ext. 181
Riverdance
Tue. Jan. 24
8:00 PM
The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand in Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance. Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour is composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
brownsville song (b-side for tray)
Jan 25 - Mar 26
Various Dates & Times
Tray Thompson is not just a name, not just a statistic. Set against the gritty backdrop of rundown Brooklyn, brownsville song is a poignant, and uplifting story of one family's courage and endurance after a senseless act of gang violence alters a high school senior's dreams forever. REGIONAL PREMIERE! "Poignant...vivid" - The New York Times
Location: Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Avenue
Information: www.floridastudiotheatre.org or 941.366.9000
Riverdance
Wed. Jan. 25
8:00 PM
The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand in Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance. Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour is composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Riverdance
Thu. Jan. 26
8:00 PM
The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand in Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance. Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour is composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Before Jamestown: Europeans, Africans, and Indians in La Florida
Fri. Jan. 27
7:00 PM
This presentation by Dr. Michael Francis focuses on the remarkably rich, yet much neglected, history of colonization in the US southeast in the 16th Century, a process that began almost a century before Jamestown. Dr. Francis has taught and written extensively on colonial Florida and Latin America. In 2011, US Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, appointed Dr. Francis to serve on the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration Commission. The program is hosted by the Friends of the Sarasota County History Center and is sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs.
Location: Sarasota Garden Club 1131 Blvd. of the Arts
Information: foschc.org or 941.361.2453
Kenny Rogers
Fri. Jan. 27
8:00 PM
Known for sweetly raspy vocals and an extraordinary ability to inhabit each song her forms, Kenny Rogers has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide, making him one of the Top Ten Best Selling Male Solo Artists of All Time. Kenny has won many awards for his music and charity work, including three GRAMMY Awards, 19 American Music Awards, 11 People’s Choice Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards and six Country Music Association Awards, including the CMA Lifetime Achievement Award and induction in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Achieva's Third Annual Run For Good
Sat. Jan. 28
8:00 AM
The Achieva Credit Union's third annual Run for Good wil help make big steps in local classrooms. The 5K, Kids Run and Dog Walk will help raise money that will go straight to Sarasota schools. Registration is now open and all participants will receive a commemorative Dri-Fit shirt and a free pancake breakfast. Time: 5K- 8:00 a.m. Kids Run- 8:45 a.m. Dog walk- 8:50 a.m.
Location: Payne Park 2050 Adams Lane
Information: www.active.com/sarasota-fl/running/distance-running-races/achieva-run-for-good-2017 or 813.228.0652
Gladys Knight
Sat. Jan. 28
8:00 PM
Seven-time Grammy-winner the ‘Empress of Soul’ Gladys Knight returns to the Van Wezel for a very special evening! One of the music industry’s most dynamic performers, Gladys will take the stage to perform some of her hits as well as more recent ones. Her latest album, Where My Heart Belongs, is new inspiration gospel and she recently released a dance single, “Just A Little.” From R&B to pop to gospel, she will give you a performance to remember!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Color In Motion 5K
Sat. Jan. 28
9:00 AM
Color In Motion 5K is your body moving while being plastered in an explosion of vibrant color with all your friends and family! By the end of CIM5K your blank canvas (YOU!) will be brighter than ever--your clothes, health, and outlook on life will be changed for the better!
Location: The Premier Sports Campus, 5895 Post Blvd. Lakewood Ranch
Information: www.colorinmotion5k.com/sarasota or 208.538.9502
The Merling Trio
Sun. Jan. 29
5:00 PM
The Merling Trio (piano, violin, and cello) is recognized as one of today's premier ensembles. A truly international trio, it brings together musicians from Polish, Japanese, and Dutch backgrounds. The trio made its debut in New York in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 1993 and has given numberous recitals throughout the US, Canada, and Europe.
Location: Pine Shores Presbyterian Church, 6135 Beechwood Ave.
Information: pineshorespres.org/music-2/concert-series/ or 941.922.1596
Johnny Mathis
Sun. Jan. 29
7:00 PM
Best-known for his supremely popular hits like “Chances Are," "It's Not For Me To Say," and "Misty”, Johnny has recorded more than 80 albums, 6 Christmas albums, and has sold millions of records worldwide. During his extensive career he has had 3 songs inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, achieved 50 Hits on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Chart, and ranks as the all-time #6 album artist in the history of Billboard’s pop album charts. He has received 5 Grammy Nominations, and in 2003 he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. In addition to all this Johnny & his music have appeared in numerous films & TV shows, including The Tonight Show, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Family Ties, and Mad Men.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368

 

February


Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Wed. Feb. 1
8:00 PM
Oh, what a story. Frankie Valli, who came to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of the Four Seasons, is hotter than ever in the 21st century. Thanks to the volcanic success of the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys, which chronicles the life and times of Frankie and his legendary group, such classic songs as “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” are all the rage all over again. As the play enters its third sold-out year on Broadway, and two touring companies of Jersey Boys travel around the U.S., the real Frankie Valli is packing concert halls coast to coast, from the Rose Theater, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, to L.A.’s Kodak Theater, home of the Academy Awards.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Keith Lockhart & The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra
Thu. Feb. 2
8:00 PM
Fifty years ago, four lads from Liverpool changed the course of popular music forever, and their influence still reverberates throughout the music world. Come hear the music of The Beatles as you've never heard it before, in breathtaking symphonic treatments, performed by "America's Orchestra." The first part of the concert will include favorite classical compositions from the British Isles including music by Handel and Elgar, and a hilarious new version of "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra."
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Venice Area Orchid Society Orchid Show & Sale
Thu. Feb. 2
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sixteen vendors will exhibit and sell 1000's of blooming orchid plants as well as orchid floral arrangements, artwork, jewelry, accessories and supplies. The show is widely regarded as the most popular orchid show on Florida's west coast and comes just before Valentine's Day.
Location: Venice Community Center 326 So. Nokomis Ave. in Venice
Information: www.vaos.org or 941.488.4545
Venice Area Orchid Society Orchid Show & Sale
Fri. Feb. 3
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sixteen vendors will exhibit and sell 1000's of blooming orchid plants as well as orchid floral arrangements, artwork, jewelry, accessories and supplies. The show is widely regarded as the most popular orchid show on Florida's west coast and comes just before Valentine's Day.
Location: Venice Community Center 326 So. Nokomis Ave. in Venice
Information: www.vaos.org or 941.488.4545
Sarasota Music Half Marathon
Sun. Feb. 5
6:30 AM
The Sarasota Music Half Marathon is a 13.1 Mile moving party with 20 bands you'll pass 42 times! We've also got cheerleaders, lawn parties, Girl Scout cookies, crowds and energy! Start at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, over the Ringling Bridge and back, pass Selby Gardens, up Orange Avenue into the Cherokee Park neighborhood, back through Selby Gardens and finish back at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: 941.356.6257
Sex Tips For Straight Women
Mon. Feb. 6
8:00 PM
This romantic comedy takes the audience on a hilarious and wild ride where no topic is taboo and the insider ‘tips’ come straight from the source: a gay man. Based on the international best-selling book of the same title.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
8th Annual Reason to Hope Luncheon
Mon. Feb. 6
11:30 AM
Reason to Hope is an inspirational fundraising event that leaves you with a lasting impression of the crucial work of the Alzheimer's Association and increases public awareness of the disease. At the conclusion of the hour-long event, attendees will be invited to take part in our mission by making a financial contribution in support of the Alzheimer's Association. These gifts will help us continue to provide, free of charge, our family service and education programs, as well as contribute toward research funding.
Location: Michael's On East
Information: www.alz.org/flgulfcoast/in_my_community_58573.asp or 727.259.2316
Royal Tea at the Powel Crosley Estate
Tue. Feb. 7
2:00 PM
Simply Gourmet is taking afternoon tea to a whole new level. Tea will be served in the exclusive upstairs living area of the mansion overlooking the bay. Tickets are $35. The afternoon includes an array of sweet and savory offerings and unlimited tea served in an eclectic collection of old-fashioned tea sets. Guests are welcome to enjoy the view or stroll around the grounds. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Crosley Foundation. Reservations required.
Location: Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: 941.225.9122
Itzhak Perlman
Tue. Feb. 7
8:00 PM
Undeniably the reigning violin virtuoso with four Emmy® Awards and 15 Grammy® Awards, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm, humanity and talent, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world. One of Mr. Perlman’s proudest achievements is his collaboration with film composer John Williams in Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award®-winning film, Schindler’s List, in which he performed the violin solos
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Older Than Dirt
Feb 8 - Jun 4
Various Dates & Times
Getting old is not for sissies, but it sure is good for a laugh. This musical comedy revue provides a witty and heartfelt 360 degree view of aging. Featuring songs by Shel Silverstein, Adam Sandler, and Neil Young, Older Than Dirt takes the audience on a journey through the pitfalls and perks of aging. Featuring songs such as "When I'm 64," "Don't Be Ashamed of Your Age," and "Forever Young." "The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age" -
Location: Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Avenue
Information: www.floridastudiotheatre.org or 941.366.9000
Royal Tea at the Powel Crosley Estate
Wed. Feb. 8
2:00 PM
Simply Gourmet is taking afternoon tea to a whole new level. Tea will be served in the exclusive upstairs living area of the mansion overlooking the bay. Tickets are $35. The afternoon includes an array of sweet and savory offerings and unlimited tea served in an eclectic collection of old-fashioned tea sets. Guests are welcome to enjoy the view or stroll around the grounds. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Crosley Foundation. Reservations required.
Location: Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: 941.225.9122
Lily Tomlin
Wed. Feb. 8
8:00 PM
Lily Tomlin, one of America's foremost comediennes, continues to venture across an ever-widening range of media, starring in television, theater, motion pictures, animation, and video. Throughout her extraordinary career, Tomlin has received numerous awards, including: seven Emmys; a Tony for her one woman Broadway show, Appearing Nitely; a second Tony for Best Actress, a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics’ Circle Award for her one woman performance in Jane Wagner’s The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe; a CableAce Award for Executive Producing the film adaptation of The Search; a Grammy for her comedy album.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
LGBT Valentines Prom
Thu. Feb. 9
7:00 PM
Come join the fun at the most anticipated LGBT event of the year! A special event geared towards the LGBT community but open to all supporters with or without a date! If you've never had the chance to go to prom with your same-sex date here is your chance! Join us at the chocolate factory for our 3rd Annual Valentine's Prom! Get your fill of prom with the crowning of prom King and Queen mixed with all things Wonka and be chaperoned by Sarasota's most decadent socialites and drag queens to ensure that you are dancing the night away!
Location: South gate Community Center
Information: www.sarasotaout.com/prom.html or 610.563.7635
Dance Makers - 11th Annual Concert
Thu. Feb. 9
7:30 PM
This show features imaginative dance pieces by nationally acclaimed contemporary choreographers Michael Foley, Doug Gillespie, and Adele Myers. SCD is proud of the caliber of choreographers gathered to present. These works are selected by the Artistic Director not only to present the strength, power, charm, and diversity of our company, but also to fulfill our mission of presenting a range of contemporary dance for a multi-generational and multi-cultural audience in our community.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts
Information: sarasotacontemporarydance.org or 941.359.0099
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Thu. Feb. 9
8:00 PM
The Philadelphia Orchestra is one of the preeminent orchestras in the world, renowned for its distinctive sound, desired for its keen ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences, and admired for a legacy of imagination and innovation on and off the concert stage. The Orchestra is transforming its rich tradition of achievement, sustaining the highest level of artistic quality, but also challenging—and exceeding—that level by creating powerful musical experiences for audiences at home and around the world.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Dance Makers - 11th Annual Concert
Fri. Feb. 10
7:30 PM
This show features imaginative dance pieces by nationally acclaimed contemporary choreographers Michael Foley, Doug Gillespie, and Adele Myers. SCD is proud of the caliber of choreographers gathered to present. These works are selected by the Artistic Director not only to present the strength, power, charm, and diversity of our company, but also to fulfill our mission of presenting a range of contemporary dance for a multi-generational and multi-cultural audience in our community.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts
Information: sarasotacontemporarydance.org or 941.359.0099
Steve Martin with Martin Short
Fri. Feb. 10
8:00 PM
The annual Van Wezel Foundation Gala brings two comedic legends together for an unforgettable evening of laughter, music & more!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Dance Makers - 11th Annual Concert
Sat. Feb. 11
7:30 PM
This show features imaginative dance pieces by nationally acclaimed contemporary choreographers Michael Foley, Doug Gillespie, and Adele Myers. SCD is proud of the caliber of choreographers gathered to present. These works are selected by the Artistic Director not only to present the strength, power, charm, and diversity of our company, but also to fulfill our mission of presenting a range of contemporary dance for a multi-generational and multi-cultural audience in our community.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts
Information: sarasotacontemporarydance.org or 941.359.0099
ReptiDay Sarasota Reptile & Exotic Animal Expo
Sat. Feb. 11
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! Admission: 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 , 3000 Ringling Blvd.
Information: repticon.com/florida/reptiday-sarasota/ or 863.268.4273
Dance Makers - 11th Annual Concert
Sun. Feb. 12
2:00 PM
This show features imaginative dance pieces by nationally acclaimed contemporary choreographers Michael Foley, Doug Gillespie, and Adele Myers. SCD is proud of the caliber of choreographers gathered to present. These works are selected by the Artistic Director not only to present the strength, power, charm, and diversity of our company, but also to fulfill our mission of presenting a range of contemporary dance for a multi-generational and multi-cultural audience in our community.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts
Information: sarasotacontemporarydance.org or 941.359.0099
Neil Bergs 108 Years of Broadway
Tue. Feb. 14
2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Neil Berg returns to the Van Wezel for his annual celebration of Broadway’s greatest songs! 108 Years of Broadway recreates the finest moments from the most memorable shows of the century, featuring the actual stars of shows such as The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, CATS, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Jekyll & Hyde. Backed by a world-class New York-based band, these dynamic performers light up the stage with songs from the hit shows in which they starred. Neil Berg presents skillfully revived arrangements of Broadway classics as well as electrifying numbers from Broadway’s freshest hit shows.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Royal Tea at the Powel Crosley Estate
Tue. Feb. 14
2:00 PM
Simply Gourmet is taking afternoon tea to a whole new level. Tea will be served in the exclusive upstairs living area of the mansion overlooking the bay. Tickets are $35. The afternoon includes an array of sweet and savory offerings and unlimited tea served in an eclectic collection of old-fashioned tea sets. Guests are welcome to enjoy the view or stroll around the grounds. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Crosley Foundation. Reservations required.
Location: Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: 941.225.9122
Gidion's Knot
Feb 15 -Feb 26
Various Dates & Times
A parent/teacher conference begins as a mystery, with a distraught mother seeking answers from an emotionally overwhelmed teacher as to why her son, Gidion, has been suspended from his 5th grade class.Gidion may have been bullied severely-or he may have been an abuser. As his story is slowly uncovered, the women try to reconstruct a satisfying explanation for Gidion's act and come to terms with excruciating feelings of culpability. "Riveting, explosive" - Chicago Critic
Location: Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Avenue
Information: www.floridastudiotheatre.org or 941.366.9000
Royal Tea at the Powel Crosley Estate
Wed. Feb. 15
2:00 PM
Simply Gourmet is taking afternoon tea to a whole new level. Tea will be served in the exclusive upstairs living area of the mansion overlooking the bay. Tickets are $35. The afternoon includes an array of sweet and savory offerings and unlimited tea served in an eclectic collection of old-fashioned tea sets. Guests are welcome to enjoy the view or stroll around the grounds. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Crosley Foundation. Reservations required.
Location: Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: 941.225.9122
Big Fish
Wed. Feb. 15
7:30 PM
Steeped in the traditional wholesomeness of Rodgers and Hammerstein, this fairytale musical is adventuress, romantic, and hip. This story revolves around Edward Bloom and his estranges adult son, will, who is looking to connect the truths behind his father's tall tales.
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Twyla Tharp
Wed. Feb. 15
8:00 PM
Twyla Tharp, one of the century’s most treasured artists, celebrates fifty years of dance making with an evening of new work, which premiered in 2015. The double bill begins with a vibrant introductory FANFARE followed by PRELUDES AND FUGUES, set to J.S. Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier.” The dance radiates with Tharp’s generous spirit, humanity, and rigor. The evening’s final dance, YOWZIE, is a humorous work set to a wild, raucous, and jazzy score. With immaculate technique and joy, Tharp’s hand chosen and meticulously rehearsed group brings her choreography to life.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
2017 Home Again Luncheon
Wed. Feb. 15
11:30 AM
Please join us for the 2017 Home Again Luncheon benefiting the 400 clients who find refuge and safe, respectable housing on our eight supportive housing campuses and in our 29 affordable rentals. $30 per person,$270 per table of 10. RSVP by February 8th
Location: Michael's On East
Information: harvesthousecenters.com or 941.685.4047
Big Fish
Thu. Feb. 16
7:30 PM
Steeped in the traditional wholesomeness of Rodgers and Hammerstein, this fairytale musical is adventuress, romantic, and hip. This story revolves around Edward Bloom and his estranges adult son, will, who is looking to connect the truths behind his father's tall tales.
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
SPARCC Annual Fashion Show
Thu. Feb. 16
9:30 AM
SPARCC requests the pleasure of your company at our annual fashion show. We will be honoring Guy Peterson, a renowned multi-award winning, architect, who generously donated his time and talents to design SPARCC's Emergency Shelter. 9:30 AM: Check In and Fashion Boutique Shopping 11:30 AM: Luncheon & Fashion Show $125 per person: RSVP by February 10, 2017 Purchase your tickets online or call 941-365-0208 ext. 110 for tickets.
Location: Ritz Carlton
Information: www.sparcc.net or 941.365.0208
Pippin
Fri. Feb. 17
8:00 PM
PIPPIN is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, PIPPIN will lift you up and leave you smiling. This unforgettable new production is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival. Hailed as "an eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza" (NY1), it's unlike anything you have ever seen! Come experience PIPPIN, one young man's journey to be extraordinary.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Animal Rescue Coalition's Unconditional Love Gala
Sat. Feb. 18
6:30 PM
An elegant evening of dining, dancing, auction, powerful message and unconditional love! All proceeds support Animal Rescue Coalition's mission, spay/neuter program and Emergency Medical Fund. Amazing sponsorship opportunities are available.
Location: Michael's On East
Information: www.animalrescuecoalition.org or 941.957.1955
Big Fish
Sat. Feb. 18
7:30 PM
Steeped in the traditional wholesomeness of Rodgers and Hammerstein, this fairytale musical is adventuress, romantic, and hip. This story revolves around Edward Bloom and his estranges adult son, will, who is looking to connect the truths behind his father's tall tales.
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Manatee Community Concert Band-"Musica' Fiesta"
Sat. Feb. 18
7:30 PM
The Manatee Community Concert Band will be presenting a Free Concert, "Musica' Fiesta". The program will be a special highlight to your February featuring many of your Latin favorites. Music will include; Danzon No. 2, La Virgen De La Macarena featuring local trumpet soloist Aaron Romm, Espana, Mexican Hat Dance and many more, along with the Luis Jesus "La voz del Mariachi"'s band from Tampa.
Location: Manatee High School Auditorium. 902 33rd St. Ct. W., Bradenton
Information: www.manateeconcertband.org or 941.462.3188
Pippin
Sat. Feb. 18
8:00 PM
PIPPIN is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, PIPPIN will lift you up and leave you smiling. This unforgettable new production is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival. Hailed as "an eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza" (NY1), it's unlike anything you have ever seen! Come experience PIPPIN, one young man's journey to be extraordinary.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Cigar Box Guitar Workshop
Sat. Feb. 18
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Join Charlie Raisner for an interactive workshop. Price includes material for 3 string cigar box guitar, history lesson, snack, and jam session. $115 Regular Price $99 Veterans and other service individuals
Location: Music Compound, 1751 Cattlemen RD
Information: www.musiccompound.com/events or 941.379.9100
Big Fish
Sun. Feb. 19
2:00 PM
Steeped in the traditional wholesomeness of Rodgers and Hammerstein, this fairytale musical is adventuress, romantic, and hip. This story revolves around Edward Bloom and his estranges adult son, will, who is looking to connect the truths behind his father's tall tales.
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Manhattan Transfer/Take 6
Sun. Feb. 19
7:00 PM
Between them, the two groups boast a remarkable 20 Grammy Awards, and a range of styles that covers nearly every genre of popular music; from jazz to swing, from gospel to R&B. As The Manhattan Transfer mark the 40th Anniversary of their debut recording on Atlantic Records ~ Janis Siegel, Alan Paul, and Cheryl Bentyne will honor founding member, Tim Hauser, as they continue to tour with their newest member, Trist Curless. TMT joins Take 6 as they share their crystal clear harmony, innovative arrangements and funky grooves, demonstrating why this sextet is recognized as the pre-eminent A cappella group in the world. No ordinary double bill, this is a show combining unexpected twists and turns to create a once-in-a-lifetime event!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Big Fish
Tue. Feb. 21
7:30 PM
Steeped in the traditional wholesomeness of Rodgers and Hammerstein, this fairytale musical is adventuress, romantic, and hip. This story revolves around Edward Bloom and his estranges adult son, will, who is looking to connect the truths behind his father's tall tales.
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Alvin Ailey
Tue. Feb. 21
8:00 PM
Let Alvin Ailey lift you when the world’s most popular modern dance company returns to the Van Wezel. See the season’s hottest new works by contemporary choreographers, plus returning repertory favorites including the beloved Revelations, which continues to move audiences around the world with its powerful storytelling and soul-stirring music.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Big Fish
Wed. Feb. 22
7:30 PM
Steeped in the traditional wholesomeness of Rodgers and Hammerstein, this fairytale musical is adventuress, romantic, and hip. This story revolves around Edward Bloom and his estranges adult son, will, who is looking to connect the truths behind his father's tall tales.
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Big Fish
Thu. Feb. 23
7:30 PM
Steeped in the traditional wholesomeness of Rodgers and Hammerstein, this fairytale musical is adventuress, romantic, and hip. This story revolves around Edward Bloom and his estranges adult son, will, who is looking to connect the truths behind his father's tall tales.
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Lang Lang
Thu. Feb. 23
8:00 PM
Touted as “the hottest artist on the classical music planet” by The New York Times, classical piano phenom Lang Lang returns to the Van Wezel stage! Inspiring millions with his open-hearted, emotive playing, the brilliant musician has played sold out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world. With a resume that reads like a best seller, full of achievements, honors and a whole host of awards, Lang Lang’s performance truly is a must see!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Big Fish
Fri. Feb. 24
7:30 PM
Steeped in the traditional wholesomeness of Rodgers and Hammerstein, this fairytale musical is adventuress, romantic, and hip. This story revolves around Edward Bloom and his estranges adult son, will, who is looking to connect the truths behind his father's tall tales.
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Big Fish
Sat. Feb. 25
2:00 PM
Steeped in the traditional wholesomeness of Rodgers and Hammerstein, this fairytale musical is adventuress, romantic, and hip. This story revolves around Edward Bloom and his estranges adult son, will, who is looking to connect the truths behind his father's tall tales.
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Big Fish
Sat. Feb. 25
7:30 PM
Steeped in the traditional wholesomeness of Rodgers and Hammerstein, this fairytale musical is adventuress, romantic, and hip. This story revolves around Edward Bloom and his estranges adult son, will, who is looking to connect the truths behind his father's tall tales.
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Big Fish
Sun. Feb. 26
2:00 PM
Steeped in the traditional wholesomeness of Rodgers and Hammerstein, this fairytale musical is adventuress, romantic, and hip. This story revolves around Edward Bloom and his estranges adult son, will, who is looking to connect the truths behind his father's tall tales.
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Jackie Evancho
Mon. Feb. 27
8:00 PM
Jackie Evancho was 10 years old when she first performed on America’s Got Talent and left audiences and judges astonished with her perfect, beautiful, soprano voice. Now 16, Jackie has recorded three albums, recently released her rendition of “Safe and Sound” from her favorite film, The Hunger Games, to rave reviews and performed for the Pope when he visited the US. Her rendition of “When you Wish upon a Star” is a YouTube highlight.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Swan Lake - The Russian National Ballet Theatre
Tue. Feb. 28
8:00 PM
The company returns to the Van Wezel for Swan Lake, the legendary full-length ballet. With skilled dancers “putting the ‘motion’ in emotion” (The Spectrum) to one of Tchaikovsky’s most mesmerizing scores, you’re not going to want to miss out! The Russian National Ballet Theatre was founded in the late 1980s in Perestroika-era Moscow, when top choreographers and principal dancers from the upper ranks of prestigious ballet companies scattered from Russia to Poland, merged their creative talents.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368

 

March


Orchestre National de Lyon
Wed. Mar. 1
8:00 PM
With internationally-acclaimed conductor Leonard Slatkin at the helm, the Orchestre National de Lyon is coming to Sarasota for its Van Wezel premiere! Performing a rich and diverse repertoire that spans classical to contemporary pieces, the ONL is proud to promote the music of living composers while still paying tribute to the works of the Greats. Featuring soloist Gil Shaham on the violin, the Orchestre National de Lyon will captivate the audience with Shéhérazade ouverture de féerie (Ravel), Violin Concerto (Barber) and the Romantic period essential Symphonie Fantastique (Berlioz).
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Big Fish
Thu. Mar. 2
7:30 PM
Steeped in the traditional wholesomeness of Rodgers and Hammerstein, this fairytale musical is adventuress, romantic, and hip. This story revolves around Edward Bloom and his estranges adult son, will, who is looking to connect the truths behind his father's tall tales.
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Smokey Robinson
Thu. Mar. 2
8:00 PM
With his eternally smooth and instantly recognizable falsetto alone – without the strings, bass, guitar or drums – legendary singer/songwriter/producer Smokey Robinson’s honey-coated voice absolutely is the audio equivalent of comfort food…comfort food for the soul…with soul. Join us as one of the most beloved and influential figures in the history popular music returns to the Van Wezel stage!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Better Together 2017,A luncheon and lecture featuring David McCullough
Thu. Mar. 2
11:30 AM
Gulf Coast Community Foundation presents Better Together 2017,A luncheon and lecture featuring David McCullough - Historian, author, and narrator. Lunch and program begin promptly at noon Book signing to follow at 1:30 p.m. $75 per person, prepayment required. Reserved tables for 10 available. Reservations and more information available at our website.
Location: The Ritz-Carlton
Information: www.gulfcoastcf.org/news/our-events or 941.466.4600
Big Fish
Fri. Mar. 3
7:30 PM
Steeped in the traditional wholesomeness of Rodgers and Hammerstein, this fairytale musical is adventuress, romantic, and hip. This story revolves around Edward Bloom and his estranges adult son, will, who is looking to connect the truths behind his father's tall tales.
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Big Fish
Sat. Mar. 4
7:30 PM
Steeped in the traditional wholesomeness of Rodgers and Hammerstein, this fairytale musical is adventuress, romantic, and hip. This story revolves around Edward Bloom and his estranges adult son, will, who is looking to connect the truths behind his father's tall tales.
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Big Fish
Sun. Mar. 5
2:00 PM
Steeped in the traditional wholesomeness of Rodgers and Hammerstein, this fairytale musical is adventuress, romantic, and hip. This story revolves around Edward Bloom and his estranges adult son, will, who is looking to connect the truths behind his father's tall tales.
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs
Sun. Mar. 5
7:00 PM
A hugely acclaimed cabaret show, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs premiered in 2015 at New York’s Café Carlyle and has since toured throughout the US, Canada, Australia and the UK. A co-host of the Tony Awards in 2015, Alan also appeared as Eli Gold on The Good Wife. A man of many talents, he was named Icon of Scotland (his native country), has designed wallpaper and a fragrance and he played Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret on Broadway. Time Magazine called him one of the three most fun people in show business! Don’t miss this extraordinary evening!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Royal Tea at the Powel Crosley Estate
Tue. Mar. 7
2:00 PM
Simply Gourmet is taking afternoon tea to a whole new level. Tea will be served in the exclusive upstairs living area of the mansion overlooking the bay. Tickets are $35. The afternoon includes an array of sweet and savory offerings and unlimited tea served in an eclectic collection of old-fashioned tea sets. Guests are welcome to enjoy the view or stroll around the grounds. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Crosley Foundation. Reservations required.
Location: Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: 941.225.9122
Taj Express
Tue. Mar. 7
8:00 PM
Taj Express explodes with the sounds of India and Bollywood, capturing the vibrant, expressive spirit of the world of Bollywood movies that have been entertaining billions of people in India for generations. Through a fusion of film, dance, and music, this dazzling international sensation takes audiences on a live cinematic journey through modern Indian culture and society. The production is a high energy celebration of new India’s pop music, Bollywood culture, and deep traditions featuring colorful costumes, joyful dance, and thrilling live music.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Royal Tea at the Powel Crosley Estate
Wed. Mar. 8
2:00 PM
Simply Gourmet is taking afternoon tea to a whole new level. Tea will be served in the exclusive upstairs living area of the mansion overlooking the bay. Tickets are $35. The afternoon includes an array of sweet and savory offerings and unlimited tea served in an eclectic collection of old-fashioned tea sets. Guests are welcome to enjoy the view or stroll around the grounds. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Crosley Foundation. Reservations required.
Location: Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: 941.225.9122
The Sarasota Ballet - A Tribute To Ashton
Fri. Mar. 10
7:30 PM
The Sarasota Ballet presents A Tribute to Ashton for 3 performances on 10-11 March 2017 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Celebrating famed choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton, the program begins with the first performance of Ashton’s singular Scènes de ballet by an American company. Using geometrical patterns, Ashton created Scènes de ballet to be enjoyed from any angle and is known as the ballet that established a pattern for his subsequent works. David Vaughan, ballet historian, calls Scènes de ballet “one of Ashton’s greatest masterpieces.” The program concludes with a 20th Century classic, The Two Pigeons.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Sarasota Ballet - A Tribute To Ashton
Sat. Mar. 11
2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
The Sarasota Ballet presents A Tribute to Ashton for 3 performances on 10-11 March 2017 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Celebrating famed choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton, the program begins with the first performance of Ashton’s singular Scènes de ballet by an American company. Using geometrical patterns, Ashton created Scènes de ballet to be enjoyed from any angle and is known as the ballet that established a pattern for his subsequent works. David Vaughan, ballet historian, calls Scènes de ballet “one of Ashton’s greatest masterpieces.” The program concludes with a 20th Century classic, The Two Pigeons.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Kristin Chenoweth
Sun. Mar. 12
7:00 PM
Emmy- (Pushing Daisies) and Tony (Wicked and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown) Award-winning actress and singer, Kristin Chenoweth, returns to the Van Wezel by popular demand! Star of stage, screen and television, Kristin also performs an energetic, standing-ovation concert featuring her most memorable songs as well as conversation with the audience. Last year’s show sold out – don’t miss this one!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Jump, Jive & Wail feat. The Jive Aces
Mon. Mar. 13
8:00 PM
Britain’s Got Talent stars and the UK’s No.1 Jive & Swing band, The Jive Aces, are coming to Sarasota! Renowned for their high energy Jump Jive and swing music and spectacular stage show, the band’s repertoire features songs made famous by such greats as Louis Prima, Cab Calloway, and Benny Goodman - along with a group of superb originals taken from their albums. An incredibly in demand sextet, they have worked with John Travolta, Van Morrison, The Proclaimers, and recently played for Her Majesty The Queen. The Jive Aces have bought the house down with their high energy stage show at thousands of festivals, theatres, dancehalls and top events in over 30 countries.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Annie
Tue. Mar. 14
8:00 PM
Leapin’ Lizards! The world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Annie
Wed. Mar. 15
8:00 PM
Leapin’ Lizards! The world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Once
Fri. Mar. 17
2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights. ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It's an unforgettable story about going for your dreams... not living in fear... and the power of music to connect all of us.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Royal Tea at the Powel Crosley Estate
Tue. Mar. 21
2:00 PM
Simply Gourmet is taking afternoon tea to a whole new level. Tea will be served in the exclusive upstairs living area of the mansion overlooking the bay. Tickets are $35. The afternoon includes an array of sweet and savory offerings and unlimited tea served in an eclectic collection of old-fashioned tea sets. Guests are welcome to enjoy the view or stroll around the grounds. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Crosley Foundation. Reservations required.
Location: Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: 941.225.9122
Grounded
Mar 22 - Apr 2
Various Dates & Times
An ace fighter pilot is reassigned to desk duty following an unexpected pregnancy. After the birth of her child, she is relegated to operating drones from her base in Las Vegas. As she destroys enemies from the safety of a control room, Grounded takes us on a journey of self-discovery, identity, and morality. "A searing piece of writing" - The Guardian
Location: Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Avenue
Information: www.floridastudiotheatre.org or 941.366.9000
Royal Tea at the Powel Crosley Estate
Wed. Mar. 22
2:00 PM
Simply Gourmet is taking afternoon tea to a whole new level. Tea will be served in the exclusive upstairs living area of the mansion overlooking the bay. Tickets are $35. The afternoon includes an array of sweet and savory offerings and unlimited tea served in an eclectic collection of old-fashioned tea sets. Guests are welcome to enjoy the view or stroll around the grounds. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Crosley Foundation. Reservations required.
Location: Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: 941.225.9122
Footloose
Wed. Mar. 22
7:30 PM
A fast paced and exciting musical based on the 1984 film Footloose. An ordinary city teen is transplanted into a conservative small town where dancing is forbidden and rock n' roll is demonized. This multiple Tony Award winning show features hits like "Let's Hear It For The Boy," "I'm Holding Out For A Hero," and "Footloose."
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Footloose
Thu. Mar. 23
7:30 PM
A fast paced and exciting musical based on the 1984 film Footloose. An ordinary city teen is transplanted into a conservative small town where dancing is forbidden and rock n' roll is demonized. This multiple Tony Award winning show features hits like "Let's Hear It For The Boy," "I'm Holding Out For A Hero," and "Footloose."
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Shadowland by Pilobolus
Thu. Mar. 23
8:00 PM
Created by famed dance company Pilobolus, Shadowland By Pilobolus tells the story of a teenage girl, longing for independence, who sleeps, only to wake to something incredible lurking behind her bedroom wall – her shadow. And, she’s off on a journey into Shadowland. Legendary modern dance is combined with high-energy, fast-paced multimedia, merging front-of-screen choreography with projected images to create a narrative with the fluid logic of a dream, powered by the grace of an acrobatic dance, which evinces surprise and joyous delight in a way that is uniquely Pilobolus.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Footloose
Sat. Mar. 25
7:30 PM
A fast paced and exciting musical based on the 1984 film Footloose. An ordinary city teen is transplanted into a conservative small town where dancing is forbidden and rock n' roll is demonized. This multiple Tony Award winning show features hits like "Let's Hear It For The Boy," "I'm Holding Out For A Hero," and "Footloose."
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Chicago
Sat. Mar. 25
8:00 PM
There’s never been a better time to experience CHICAGO, Broadway’s razzle-dazzle smash. This triumphant hit musical is the recipient of six Tony Awards®, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy®, thousands of standing ovations and now the #1 longest-running American Musical in Broadway history CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you've ever seen. It’s no surprise that CHICAGO has wowed audiences from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Fashion Funds the Cure benefiting the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation
Sat. Mar. 25
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Fashion Funds the Cure is a celebration of incomparable strength and courage as girls and boys battling cancer make their debut on the runway.
Location: The Mall at University Town Center
Information: nationalpcf.org/fftc or 813.269.0955
Footloose
Sun. Mar. 26
2:00 PM
A fast paced and exciting musical based on the 1984 film Footloose. An ordinary city teen is transplanted into a conservative small town where dancing is forbidden and rock n' roll is demonized. This multiple Tony Award winning show features hits like "Let's Hear It For The Boy," "I'm Holding Out For A Hero," and "Footloose."
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Chicago
Sun. Mar. 26
2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
There’s never been a better time to experience CHICAGO, Broadway’s razzle-dazzle smash. This triumphant hit musical is the recipient of six Tony Awards®, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy®, thousands of standing ovations and now the #1 longest-running American Musical in Broadway history CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you've ever seen. It’s no surprise that CHICAGO has wowed audiences from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
2017 Riverview High School Chorus
Sun. Mar. 26
5:00 PM
Students from this choral program, under the direction of David Verdoni, have traveled to Europe 6 times in previous years and regularly earn superior ratings at both the district and state levels.
Location: Pine Shores Presbyterian Church, 6135 Beechwood Ave.
Information: pineshorespres.org/music-2/concert-series/ or 941.922.1596
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Mon. Mar. 27
8:00 PM
Celebrating their Golden (50th) Anniversary together, the iconic and profoundly influential Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, often cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in Country Rock and American Roots Music, continues to add to their legendary status. With multi-­-platinum and gold records, strings of top ten hits such as "Fishin' In The Dark" and "Mr. Bojangles", and multiple awards and nominations, the band's accolades continue to accumulate. Their groundbreaking album, Will The Circle Be Unbroken, has been inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress as well as the Grammy Hall of Fame and their recording of "Mr. Bojangles" was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Royal Tea at the Powel Crosley Estate
Tue. Mar. 28
2:00 PM
Simply Gourmet is taking afternoon tea to a whole new level. Tea will be served in the exclusive upstairs living area of the mansion overlooking the bay. Tickets are $35. The afternoon includes an array of sweet and savory offerings and unlimited tea served in an eclectic collection of old-fashioned tea sets. Guests are welcome to enjoy the view or stroll around the grounds. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Crosley Foundation. Reservations required.
Location: Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: 941.225.9122
Footloose
Tue. Mar. 28
7:30 PM
A fast paced and exciting musical based on the 1984 film Footloose. An ordinary city teen is transplanted into a conservative small town where dancing is forbidden and rock n' roll is demonized. This multiple Tony Award winning show features hits like "Let's Hear It For The Boy," "I'm Holding Out For A Hero," and "Footloose."
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Momix - Opus Cactus
Tue. Mar. 28
8:00 PM
Internationally celebrated for presenting work of superior inventiveness and physical beauty for over 35 years, MOMIX combines athletic dance, riveting music, outrageous costumes, props and pure talent. Under the direction of Moses Pendleton, the breath-taking dance company returns to the Van Wezel with Opus Cactus. Back and better than ever after a ten-year break, Opus Cactus brings the American Southwest to life with dynamic images of cactuses, slithering lizards and fire dancers. “…Pendleton’s ingenuity, theatricality and cunning imagination are seen at full stretch in strange vignettes of the Sonoran desert.” -Clive Barnes New York Post
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Royal Tea at the Powel Crosley Estate
Wed. Mar. 29
2:00 PM
Simply Gourmet is taking afternoon tea to a whole new level. Tea will be served in the exclusive upstairs living area of the mansion overlooking the bay. Tickets are $35. The afternoon includes an array of sweet and savory offerings and unlimited tea served in an eclectic collection of old-fashioned tea sets. Guests are welcome to enjoy the view or stroll around the grounds. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Crosley Foundation. Reservations required.
Location: Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: 941.225.9122

 

April


Footloose
Sat. Apr. 1
2:00 PM
A fast paced and exciting musical based on the 1984 film Footloose. An ordinary city teen is transplanted into a conservative small town where dancing is forbidden and rock n' roll is demonized. This multiple Tony Award winning show features hits like "Let's Hear It For The Boy," "I'm Holding Out For A Hero," and "Footloose."
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Footloose
Sat. Apr. 1
7:30 PM
A fast paced and exciting musical based on the 1984 film Footloose. An ordinary city teen is transplanted into a conservative small town where dancing is forbidden and rock n' roll is demonized. This multiple Tony Award winning show features hits like "Let's Hear It For The Boy," "I'm Holding Out For A Hero," and "Footloose."
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Footloose
Sun. Apr. 2
2:00 PM
A fast paced and exciting musical based on the 1984 film Footloose. An ordinary city teen is transplanted into a conservative small town where dancing is forbidden and rock n' roll is demonized. This multiple Tony Award winning show features hits like "Let's Hear It For The Boy," "I'm Holding Out For A Hero," and "Footloose."
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Menopause the Musical
Tue. Apr. 4
8:00 PM
Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for 14 years! It's the Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change!®
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Rich Girl
Apr 5 - May 26
Various Dates and Times
Rich Girl is a clever and contemporary comedy about women and their relationship to men, mothers, and money - in that order. Can they ever really coexist? REGIONAL PREMIERE! "Clever detail" - Talkin Broadway
Location: Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Avenue
Information: www.floridastudiotheatre.org or 941.366.9000
Rhapsody & Rhythm: The Gershwin Experience
Wed. Apr. 5
8:00 PM
Rhapsody & Rhythm is musical celebration of one of the greatest songwriting teams in history is a one of a kind entertaining concert experience that is not to be missed. This multimedia musical celebration, with host and pianist Richard Glazier, offers a unique experience that celebrates the collaborative genius of George and Ira Gershwin. Hear favorites such as “‘S Wonderful,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “ I Got Rhythm,” “Summertime” and “Strike Up the Band.” In addition to the legendary music, this unforgettable concert includes rare Gershwin home videos and photos, special family stories and much more!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Footloose
Thu. Apr. 6
7:30 PM
A fast paced and exciting musical based on the 1984 film Footloose. An ordinary city teen is transplanted into a conservative small town where dancing is forbidden and rock n' roll is demonized. This multiple Tony Award winning show features hits like "Let's Hear It For The Boy," "I'm Holding Out For A Hero," and "Footloose."
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Footloose
Fri. Apr. 7
7:30 PM
A fast paced and exciting musical based on the 1984 film Footloose. An ordinary city teen is transplanted into a conservative small town where dancing is forbidden and rock n' roll is demonized. This multiple Tony Award winning show features hits like "Let's Hear It For The Boy," "I'm Holding Out For A Hero," and "Footloose."
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Neil Sedaka
Fri. Apr. 7
8:00 PM
Singer. Songwriter. Composer. Pianist. Author. These are just a few of the titles that can be used to describe Neil Sedaka. His impressive career ranges from being one of the first teen pop sensations of the 50’s, a relevant songwriter for himself and other artists in the 60’s, a superstar in the 70’s and remaining a constant force in writing and performing presently. Neil's latest collection of songs is I Do It For Applause, a CD of twelve new Sedaka songs and the culmination of sixty-three years of writing.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Footloose
Sat. Apr. 8
7:30 PM
A fast paced and exciting musical based on the 1984 film Footloose. An ordinary city teen is transplanted into a conservative small town where dancing is forbidden and rock n' roll is demonized. This multiple Tony Award winning show features hits like "Let's Hear It For The Boy," "I'm Holding Out For A Hero," and "Footloose."
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
RAIN
Sat. Apr. 8
8:00 PM
This stunning concert event takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that is the next best thing to the Beatles. Don’t miss the Broadway smash that’s taking the world by storm. RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES is a live multi-media spectacular that takes you on a musical journey through the life and times of the world’s most celebrated band. Featuring new songs & high definition imagery, this expanded RAIN adds even more hits that you know and love from the vast anthology of Beatles classics such as “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Hard Day’s Night,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Let It Be,” “Come Together” and “Hey Jude.”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Footloose
Sun. Apr. 9
2:00 PM
A fast paced and exciting musical based on the 1984 film Footloose. An ordinary city teen is transplanted into a conservative small town where dancing is forbidden and rock n' roll is demonized. This multiple Tony Award winning show features hits like "Let's Hear It For The Boy," "I'm Holding Out For A Hero," and "Footloose."
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Chris Botti
Wed. Apr. 12
8:00 PM
Returning by popular demand with an intimate live concert, trumpeter Chris Botti will again thrill you with his love for rich, evocative melodies and a treasure chest of jazz standards, famous classical masterpieces and soon-to-be instant favorites. Whether he’s performing with illustrious symphonies or at renowned venues around the globe, his unparalleled crystalline and poetic sound transcends musical boundaries and has cemented his place as one of the most brilliant and inspiring forces of the contemporary music scene.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Four Tops and The Temptations
Thu. Apr. 13
8:00 PM
The history of The Temptations is the history of contemporary American pop. An essential component of the original Motown machine, that amazing engine invented by Berry Gordy, The Temps began their musical life in Detroit in the early sixties. It wasn’t until 1964 however, that the Smokey Robinson written-and-produced “The Way You Do the things You Do” turned the guys into stars. The Four Tops have been marveling audiences with their infectious blend of pure vocal power and sweet harmonies since 1954. High school friends from Detroit's North End, Levi Stubbs, Renaldo "Obie" Benson, Abdul "Duke" Fakir and Lawrence Payton started playing parties as the Four Aims, as they were aiming for the top. After catching the ear and eye of singer Billy Eckstine, they changed their name to The Four Tops, so as not to be confused with the Ames Brothers.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Under The Streetlamp
Tue. Apr. 18
8:00 PM
Under the Streetlamp, America’s favorite vocal group with 2 PBS top specials and legions of faithful fans, performs an electrifying evening of classic hits from the American radio songbook. Exuding the irresistible rapport of a modern day Rat Pack, the quartet — recent leading cast members of the Tony Award®-winning musical Jersey Boys — deliver an evening of unforgettable entertainment. You’ll hear Doo-Wop, Motown, Rock ‘n’ Roll and your favorite songs from The Drifters, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, and more. Plus a “show-stopping” salute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
David Sedaris
Wed. Apr. 19
8:00 PM
Known for cutting wit and sharp social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. Master of satire, David has written multiple books as well as collections of personal essays. His most recent book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, became an immediate bestseller, with the audio version earning a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word Album. His pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker and have twice been included in “The Best American Essays.”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Alton Brown Live! Eat Your Science
Thu. Apr. 20
8:00 PM
Alton Brown has a knack for mixing together a perfect base of science, music and food into two hours of pure entertainment. In “Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science” fans can expect all-new everything including songs, multimedia presentations, talk-show antics, and bigger and better potentially dangerous food demonstrations. Alton promises “plenty of new therapy-inducing opportunities during our audience participation segments. I don’t want to give too much away, but this time we’re going to play a little game while we’re at it. Plus, you’ll see things I’ve never been allowed to do on TV.” He’s also contemplating more sophisticated protective gear for folks in the first few rows…just in case things get messy…again.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
One Night of Queen
Sun. Apr. 23
7:00 PM
In 2000, Gary Mullen won the British network ITV’s “Stars In Their Eyes” Live Grand Final, with the largest number of votes ever received more than twice that of the runner-up. Gary began touring on his own and in 2002 formed a band ‘The Works’, to pay tribute to rock legends Queen. Since then, Gary Mullen and the Works have performed throughout the UK, USA, Europe, South Africa and New Zealand to sell-out audiences. One Night of Queen is a spectacular live concert, recreating the look, sound, pomp and showmanship of arguably the greatest rock band of all time. This show will ROCK you!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Kinky Boots
Tue. Apr. 25
8:00 PM
KINKY BOOTS is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Boeing Boeing
Wed. Apr. 26
7:30 PM
It's the 1960s and our swingin' bachelor Bernard couldn't be happier juggling three stewardesses in his Paris Flat. His perfect world comes to an end when his friend Robert appears and Boeing creates a new speedier jet. In true classic farce style all three stewardesses come into town simultaneously and Bernard's perfect life gets bumpy in this door-slamming and groovy play based on the 1965 American film starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis.
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Kinky Boots
Wed. Apr. 26
8:00 PM
KINKY BOOTS is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Boeing Boeing
Thu. Apr. 27
7:30 PM
It's the 1960s and our swingin' bachelor Bernard couldn't be happier juggling three stewardesses in his Paris Flat. His perfect world comes to an end when his friend Robert appears and Boeing creates a new speedier jet. In true classic farce style all three stewardesses come into town simultaneously and Bernard's perfect life gets bumpy in this door-slamming and groovy play based on the 1965 American film starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis.
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Kinky Boots
Thu. Apr. 27
8:00 PM
KINKY BOOTS is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Kinky Boots
Fri. Apr. 28
8:00 PM
KINKY BOOTS is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Kinky Boots
Sat. Apr. 29
2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
KINKY BOOTS is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Boeing Boeing
Sat. Apr. 29
7:30 PM
It's the 1960s and our swingin' bachelor Bernard couldn't be happier juggling three stewardesses in his Paris Flat. His perfect world comes to an end when his friend Robert appears and Boeing creates a new speedier jet. In true classic farce style all three stewardesses come into town simultaneously and Bernard's perfect life gets bumpy in this door-slamming and groovy play based on the 1965 American film starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis.
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Kinky Boots
Sun. Apr. 30
2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
KINKY BOOTS is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Boeing Boeing
Sun. Apr. 30
2:00 PM
It's the 1960s and our swingin' bachelor Bernard couldn't be happier juggling three stewardesses in his Paris Flat. His perfect world comes to an end when his friend Robert appears and Boeing creates a new speedier jet. In true classic farce style all three stewardesses come into town simultaneously and Bernard's perfect life gets bumpy in this door-slamming and groovy play based on the 1965 American film starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis.
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494

 

May


Boeing Boeing
Tue. May. 2
7:30 PM
It's the 1960s and our swingin' bachelor Bernard couldn't be happier juggling three stewardesses in his Paris Flat. His perfect world comes to an end when his friend Robert appears and Boeing creates a new speedier jet. In true classic farce style all three stewardesses come into town simultaneously and Bernard's perfect life gets bumpy in this door-slamming and groovy play based on the 1965 American film starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis.
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Boeing Boeing
Wed. May. 3
7:30 PM
It's the 1960s and our swingin' bachelor Bernard couldn't be happier juggling three stewardesses in his Paris Flat. His perfect world comes to an end when his friend Robert appears and Boeing creates a new speedier jet. In true classic farce style all three stewardesses come into town simultaneously and Bernard's perfect life gets bumpy in this door-slamming and groovy play based on the 1965 American film starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis.
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Boeing Boeing
Thu. May. 4
7:30 PM
It's the 1960s and our swingin' bachelor Bernard couldn't be happier juggling three stewardesses in his Paris Flat. His perfect world comes to an end when his friend Robert appears and Boeing creates a new speedier jet. In true classic farce style all three stewardesses come into town simultaneously and Bernard's perfect life gets bumpy in this door-slamming and groovy play based on the 1965 American film starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis.
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Boeing Boeing
Fri. May. 5
7:30 PM
It's the 1960s and our swingin' bachelor Bernard couldn't be happier juggling three stewardesses in his Paris Flat. His perfect world comes to an end when his friend Robert appears and Boeing creates a new speedier jet. In true classic farce style all three stewardesses come into town simultaneously and Bernard's perfect life gets bumpy in this door-slamming and groovy play based on the 1965 American film starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis.
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Boeing Boeing
Sat. May. 6
2:00 PM
It's the 1960s and our swingin' bachelor Bernard couldn't be happier juggling three stewardesses in his Paris Flat. His perfect world comes to an end when his friend Robert appears and Boeing creates a new speedier jet. In true classic farce style all three stewardesses come into town simultaneously and Bernard's perfect life gets bumpy in this door-slamming and groovy play based on the 1965 American film starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis.
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Boeing Boeing
Sat. May. 6
7:30 PM
It's the 1960s and our swingin' bachelor Bernard couldn't be happier juggling three stewardesses in his Paris Flat. His perfect world comes to an end when his friend Robert appears and Boeing creates a new speedier jet. In true classic farce style all three stewardesses come into town simultaneously and Bernard's perfect life gets bumpy in this door-slamming and groovy play based on the 1965 American film starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis.
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Boeing Boeing
Sun. May. 7
2:00 PM
It's the 1960s and our swingin' bachelor Bernard couldn't be happier juggling three stewardesses in his Paris Flat. His perfect world comes to an end when his friend Robert appears and Boeing creates a new speedier jet. In true classic farce style all three stewardesses come into town simultaneously and Bernard's perfect life gets bumpy in this door-slamming and groovy play based on the 1965 American film starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis.
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Evolving/Revolving
Thu. May. 11
7:30 PM
Remembering dancers and choreographers who have graced our stage as well as ones that are nationally celebrated, this concert is a mixture of re-staged favorites by Alyson Dolan (recent winner of the Austin Critics Best-Dancer Award), and includes new works by Sarasota’s local Hip-Hop sensation Kris Tetris Powell and former Sarasota Ballet stalwart Sayward Grindley.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts
Information: sarasotacontemporarydance.org or 941.359.0099
Evolving/Revolving
Fri. May. 12
7:30 PM
Remembering dancers and choreographers who have graced our stage as well as ones that are nationally celebrated, this concert is a mixture of re-staged favorites by Alyson Dolan (recent winner of the Austin Critics Best-Dancer Award), and includes new works by Sarasota’s local Hip-Hop sensation Kris Tetris Powell and former Sarasota Ballet stalwart Sayward Grindley.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts
Information: sarasotacontemporarydance.org or 941.359.0099
Evolving/Revolving
Sat. May. 13
7:30 PM
Remembering dancers and choreographers who have graced our stage as well as ones that are nationally celebrated, this concert is a mixture of re-staged favorites by Alyson Dolan (recent winner of the Austin Critics Best-Dancer Award), and includes new works by Sarasota’s local Hip-Hop sensation Kris Tetris Powell and former Sarasota Ballet stalwart Sayward Grindley.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts
Information: sarasotacontemporarydance.org or 941.359.0099
Evolving/Revolving
Sun. May. 14
2:00 PM
Remembering dancers and choreographers who have graced our stage as well as ones that are nationally celebrated, this concert is a mixture of re-staged favorites by Alyson Dolan (recent winner of the Austin Critics Best-Dancer Award), and includes new works by Sarasota’s local Hip-Hop sensation Kris Tetris Powell and former Sarasota Ballet stalwart Sayward Grindley.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts
Information: sarasotacontemporarydance.org or 941.359.0099

 

 

 

Recurring Events

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