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March


Sarasota County Fair
Mar 15 - 24 Various Times
Tickets: Adults ages 13 and up: $9, Senior 55 and up & Military $5, Children 6-12 $5, Children 5 and under Free.
Location: Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd.
Information: SarasotaFair.com
Sarasota Orchestra - Sounds Of The Stage
Wed. Mar. 20
5:30 PM
From George M. Cohan to Gilbert and Sullivan, music has sparked the imagination and enhanced the experiences of theatergoers. In this concert, we focus on the music that set the stage and enriched memorable theatrical moments. Enjoy orchestral highlights from some of the best musicals of all time.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Storytelling & Prose Open Mic
Wed. Mar. 20
7:00 PM
This monthly open mic series focuses on storytelling and fiction – no poetry or music. So come share your finest prose, or if you're just in the mood for listening, catch some tales from area wordsmiths. A featured reader will kick off the night, followed by 10-minute open mic slots.
Location: The Reserve SRQ, 1322 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: facebook.com/wordierthanthou or 516.906.2140
Sarasota Orchestra - Sounds Of The Stage
Thu. Mar. 21
7:30 PM
From George M. Cohan to Gilbert and Sullivan, music has sparked the imagination and enhanced the experiences of theatergoers. In this concert, we focus on the music that set the stage and enriched memorable theatrical moments. Enjoy orchestral highlights from some of the best musicals of all time.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra - Sounds Of The Stage
Fri. Mar. 22
5:30 PM
From George M. Cohan to Gilbert and Sullivan, music has sparked the imagination and enhanced the experiences of theatergoers. In this concert, we focus on the music that set the stage and enriched memorable theatrical moments. Enjoy orchestral highlights from some of the best musicals of all time.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Challenge Ballroom Dance Competition
Sat. Mar. 23
4:00 PM
The Sarasota Dancesport Challenge is back celebrating its 11th year and its this year promises to be the best year ever. One of the most elegant ,spectacular ballroom dance competition has become a tradition for our beautiful Sarasota . From great seminars by World famous coaches to PRO/Am competitions ,luxury dinners and entertainment this event has is all.
Location: Hyatt Regency Sarasota
Information: www.sarasotachallenge.com or 941.799.0800
Sarasota Orchestra - Sounds Of The Stage
Sat. Mar. 23
8:00 PM
From George M. Cohan to Gilbert and Sullivan, music has sparked the imagination and enhanced the experiences of theatergoers. In this concert, we focus on the music that set the stage and enriched memorable theatrical moments. Enjoy orchestral highlights from some of the best musicals of all time.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
The Four Freshmen
Sun. Mar. 24
2:00 PM
From the moment they step on stage The Four Freshmen will get your heart pounding and your feet moving. With pure energy and great songs from the past and the present, the Freshmen deliver a world of music that will send some listeners back to the bygone era of their youth, while introducing others to a brand of vocal harmony entertainment that is surely to leave them wondering "Why haven't I gone to see them earlier?" One thing is for sure. When you go to a Four Freshmen concert you will not forget it..
Location: Glenridge Performing Arts Center
Information: app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=gpac or 941.552.5325
Sarasota Orchestra - Sounds Of The Stage
Sun. Mar. 24
2:30 PM
From George M. Cohan to Gilbert and Sullivan, music has sparked the imagination and enhanced the experiences of theatergoers. In this concert, we focus on the music that set the stage and enriched memorable theatrical moments. Enjoy orchestral highlights from some of the best musicals of all time.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Challenge Ballroom Dance Competition
Sun. Mar. 24
4:00 PM
The Sarasota Dancesport Challenge is back celebrating its 11th year and its this year promises to be the best year ever. One of the most elegant ,spectacular ballroom dance competition has become a tradition for our beautiful Sarasota . From great seminars by World famous coaches to PRO/Am competitions ,luxury dinners and entertainment this event has is all.
Location: Hyatt Regency Sarasota
Information: www.sarasotachallenge.com or 941.799.0800
Pine Shores Concert Series - State College of Florida (SCF) Guitar Ensemble
Sun. Mar. 24
5:00 PM
The State College of Florida (SCF) Guitar Ensemble consists of approximately 10 to 15 classical/acoustic guitarists that come from many diverse musical backgrounds. Entry into the ensemble is by audition. The group plays a wide range of musical styles that include the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and many modern styles such as bossa nova, pop, rock, and avante garde. In any given year they may play a fugue by Bach, a serenade by Mozart, a newly commissioned work dedicated to them, and even the music of Michael Jackson, the Beatles and more.
Location: Pine Shores Presbyterian Church, 6135 Beechwood Ave.
Information: pineshorespres.org or 941.922.1597
State College of Florida (SCF) Guitar Ensemble
Sun. Mar. 24
5:00 PM
Free Concert. The State College of Florida (SCF) Guitar Ensemble consists of approximately 10 to 15 classical/acoustic guitarists that come from many diverse musical backgrounds. Entry into the ensemble is by audition. The group plays a wide range of musical styles that include the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and many modern styles such as bossa nova, pop, rock, and avante garde. In any given year they may play a fugue by Bach, a serenade by Mozart, a newly commissioned work dedicated to them, and even the music of Michael Jackson, the Beatles and more. Led by SCF Music Instructor, Rex Willis, an internationally recognized composer, the ensemble has performed premieres of Willis’ original works, with many of these pieces receiving publication. In addition to playing local concerts in SCF’s Neel Performing Art Hall and area high schools, the ensemble has performed out of town including the Guitar Sarasota Concert Series, River Walk Festivities and in Ybor City/Tampa for the FSMTA Collegiate Convocation. The SCF Guitar Ensemble takes pride in both authentic period performance and in “pushing the envelope” with the unexpected.
Location: Pine Shores Presbyterian Church, 6135 Beechwood Ave.
Information: www.pineshorespres.org or 941.922.1597
5th annual Beer, Bands & BBQ
Sat. Mar. 30
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The Music Compound’s 5th annual Beer, Bands & BBQ is back. Look forward to 10 bands including Kara & Kaleidogroove, Experimental Farm Road and more! Students from Music Compound will perform between sets. Food trucks and beer will be available throughout the day. Admission is free and you are encouraged to bring your own lawn chair. VIP wrist bands are available for $15 and include food samplings and a beer.
Location: The Bazaar courtyard, 801 Apricot Ave
Information: www.eventbrite.com/e/beer-bands-and-bbq-5th-annual-2019-tickets-53617587648 or 941.379.9100
Sarasota Orchestra - Music Of The Americas
Sun. Mar. 31
4:00 PM
Savor a distinctly Latin flavor of exciting discovery. Puerto Rican composer Cordero will have you dancing in your seat. Golijov’s Last Round, at once driving and dreamlike, is an imaginative homage to tango. Copland’s Clarinet Concerto was composed when he was living in Rio de Janeiro. Commissioned by Benny Goodman, it is distinctive for its jazzy elements. In the closing work, Argentinian composer Ginastera presents a delicious, folk-inspired soundscape of his homeland.
Location: Sarasota Opera House
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434

 

April


Fine Arts Society of Sarasota Free Art Collection Tours
Tue. Apr. 2
10:00 AM
Learn about the history of art and artists in Sarasota, and view significant art of Florida artists from the 20th and 21st century. Public art tours are FREE through May 2019 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Fine Arts Society of Sarasota. No reservations required.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: fineartssarasota.org/permanent-art-collection/art-backstage-tour-van-wezel/
Lil Explorers
Tue. Apr. 2
10:00 AM
Explore nature with staff from the City of Sarasota Parks & Recreation Department & Mote Marine Laboratory for FREE FUN Nature Programs! Pre-Registration is Required.
Location: Arlington Park, 2650 Waldemere St.
Information: www.facebook.com/ArlingtonParkAquaticComplex/ or 941.554.2110
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Thu. Apr. 4
7:30 PM
Celebrating its 40th Anniversary season, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is a company of professional male dancers performing the full range of the ballet and modern dance repertoire, including classical and original works. The troupe incorporates comedy by exaggerating the foibles, accidents, and underlying incongruities of serious dance. The men dance all the parts — heavy bodies delicately balancing on toes as swans, sylphs, water sprites, romantic princesses, angst-ridden Victorian ladies — enhancing rather than mocking, the spirit of dance as an art form, delighting and amusing the most knowledgeable, as well as novices, in the audiences!
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sarasota Orchestra - Peace And Joy
Fri. Apr. 5
8:00 PM
Beethoven’s monumental choral symphony, penned when the composer was deaf, is widely considered the most iconic work of western music. Join Sarasota Orchestra as we celebrate Anu Tali’s six-year tenure as Music Director with a finale that is a true “Ode to Joy.” Opening the program is Arnold Schoenberg’s Peace on Earth, for chorus and orchestra, full of complex harmonies and rich choral writing. It is a natural pairing for Beethoven’s beloved anthem to his cherished belief in the virtues of humankind. Concert features four guest vocal soloists and chorus.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra - Peace And Joy
Sat. Apr. 6
8:00 PM
Beethoven’s monumental choral symphony, penned when the composer was deaf, is widely considered the most iconic work of western music. Join Sarasota Orchestra as we celebrate Anu Tali’s six-year tenure as Music Director with a finale that is a true “Ode to Joy.” Opening the program is Arnold Schoenberg’s Peace on Earth, for chorus and orchestra, full of complex harmonies and rich choral writing. It is a natural pairing for Beethoven’s beloved anthem to his cherished belief in the virtues of humankind. Concert features four guest vocal soloists and chorus.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra - Peace And Joy
Sun. Apr. 7
2:30 PM
Beethoven’s monumental choral symphony, penned when the composer was deaf, is widely considered the most iconic work of western music. Join Sarasota Orchestra as we celebrate Anu Tali’s six-year tenure as Music Director with a finale that is a true “Ode to Joy.” Opening the program is Arnold Schoenberg’s Peace on Earth, for chorus and orchestra, full of complex harmonies and rich choral writing. It is a natural pairing for Beethoven’s beloved anthem to his cherished belief in the virtues of humankind. Concert features four guest vocal soloists and chorus.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
La Musica International Chamber Music Festival Concert I
Mon. Apr. 8
8:00 PM
Bohuslav Martin?, Serenade No.2 for Two Violins and Viola, H.216 Marta Kowalczyk, Federico Agostini, Daniel Palmizio Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Trio in E-flat major, Op.70 No.2 Ruth Lenz, Dmitri Atapine, Derek Han Antonín Dvo?ák, String Sextet, Op.48 Federico Agostini, Marta Kowalczyk, Bruno Giuranna, Daniel Palmizio, Christine J. Lee, Dmitri Atapine
Location: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave
Information: www.lamusicafestival.org/ or 941.366.8450
RENT 20th Anniversary Tour
Tue. Apr. 9
7:30 PM
More than two decades ago Jonathan Larson’s RENT opened on Broadway and forever changed American theatre. It continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to our stage with its vibrant 20th anniversary tour. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Musical Chefs Interactive Dinner
Wed. Apr. 10
6:00 PM
A lively, interactive dinner event featuring La Musica artists joining Philip Mancini and Michael’s On East’s Executive Chef Jamil Pineda to lead guests in cooking demonstrations to create the evening's meal. This event is a tremendous amount of fun and the food you and your tablemates prepare is always delicious.
Location: Michaels Wine Cellar, 1283 S. Tamiami Trail
Information: www.lamusicafestival.org/ or 941.366.8450
RENT 20th Anniversary Tour
Wed. Apr. 10
7:30 PM
More than two decades ago Jonathan Larson’s RENT opened on Broadway and forever changed American theatre. It continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to our stage with its vibrant 20th anniversary tour. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Hounds on the Hunt
Thu. Apr. 11
6:00 PM
Come participate in our Egg’Stra Egg Hunt with your furry friend. Prizes will be awarded for those dogs who find the “Golden Egg”. Dress your dog in their “Thursday Best” as prizes will be awarded for the dos who wears the best “Thursday Best” Outfit. Photos with the Easter Bunny will be available.
Location: Arlington Park and Aquatic Complex
Information: www.facebook.com/ArlingtonParkAquaticComplex/ or 941.554.2110
La Musica International Chamber Music Festival Concert II
Thu. Apr. 11
8:00 PM
Mozart, Flute Quartet in D major, K.285 Händel, L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55 (Sweet Bird) Léo Delibes, Le Rossignol (The Nightingale) Félicien David, La Perle du Bresil, Charmant Oiseau (Delightful Bird) Julius Benedict, The Gypsy and the Bird, for Soprano, Flute and Piano Brahms, Piano Quintet, Op.34
Location: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave
Information: www.lamusicafestival.org/ or 941.366.8450
Meet the Musicians
Fri. Apr. 12
5:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Mingle with the La Musica musicians among airplanes and enjoy wine, light bites and a mini concert.
Location: Dolphin Aviation Hangar, 8191 N. Tamiami Trail #100
Information: www.lamusicafestival.org/ or 941.366.8450
Gospel/Christian Music Concert Series
Fri. Apr. 12
6:00 PM
Every month---Come hear some great music by local Christian artists and bands as well as Music Compound Students and Staff! This month features: Jeff Davis Band Let's celebrate Jesus by making a joyful noise. Hosted by Florida Christian Musician Network and Music Compound. Tickets are only $5.00 at the door or online.
Location: Music Compound 1751 Cattlemen Road
Information: www.facebook.com/events/720933154973526/ or 239.898.1883
Sarasota Orchestra - Hollywood Hits
Fri. Apr. 12
8:00 PM
Experience majestic music from some of the world's greatest films. Video montages, film clips, and vintage still images accompany the scores and vocals from blockbuster movies such as Gone With The Wind, The Magnificent Seven, Doctor Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia, James Bond, The Pink Panther, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Ben-Hur and more.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra - Hollywood Hits
Sat. Apr. 13
2:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Experience majestic music from some of the world's greatest films. Video montages, film clips, and vintage still images accompany the scores and vocals from blockbuster movies such as Gone With The Wind, The Magnificent Seven, Doctor Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia, James Bond, The Pink Panther, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Ben-Hur and more.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Discovery Saturdays at Arlington Park - Recycling & Composting
Sat. Apr. 13
10:00 AM
Learn about a variety of nature topics. Meet at 10 am at the Park office for each session. Adults and Youth are encouraged to come. Pre-registration is encouraged. This program occurs on the second Saturday of each month. July will not have a scheduled program.
Location: Arlington Park, 2650 Waldemere St.
Information: www.facebook.com/ArlingtonParkAquaticComplex/ or 941.554.2110
Peter Gros
Sun. Apr. 14
2:00 PM
In his popular live presentations, Peter Gros (Original Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom) shares his exciting animal world, travel experiences and timeless tales. He highlights his many adventures with a mix of video clips and bloopers while introducing friendly exotic animals to audience members, and telling inspirational stories dealing with issues of conservation, travel, and wildlife filming. Peter’s fascinating stories have been thrilling and educating audiences across the country for years.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
La Musica International Chamber Music Festival Concert III
Sun. Apr. 14
3:00 PM
Frank Bridge, An Irish Melody, “The Londonderry Air” H.86 Claude Debussy, Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp Nikolai Kapustin, Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano, Op.86 Robert Schumann, Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Op.47
Location: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave
Information: www.lamusicafestival.org/ or 941.366.8450
Sarasota Orchestra - Cinematic Sounds
Sun. Apr. 14
4:00 PM
Best known for their film scores, the three composers on this program were also brilliant and accomplished within classical music. When not collaborating with Hitchcock, Hermann composed a romantic and gorgeous clarinet quintet. The mastermind behind the music for The Godfather, Rota violence behind in his rapturously lyrical Quintet for Flute, Oboe, Viola, Cello, and Harp. While Korngold wrote for Errol Flynn, his Piano Quintet offers a rich musical portrait full of breath and depth.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
The Music of Cream
Mon. Apr. 15
8:00 PM
Cream was a chemical explosion like no other, the blueprint for every supergroup to follow and the heavy blues precursor to Hendrix, Zeppelin and so much more. The bloodlines of that hallowed trilogy come together on the Van Wezel stage to pay tribute to Cream's legendary four-album reign over the psychedelic frontier of the late 1960s. Feel the fire and the freedom of "Spoonful,” "Strange Brew,” "Sunshine of Your Love,” "White Room,” "Crossroads" and "Badge"
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Second City: It's Not You. It's Me.
Tue. Apr. 16
8:00 PM
The Second City has been laughing at love and its various side effects for decades. It’s Not You, It’s Me, The Second City takes shots at heartbreak, missed connections, and the mire of human relationships. Your friends, parents and blind date will all find something achingly familiar to laugh at!
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Storytelling & Prose Open Mic
Wed. Apr. 17
7:00 PM
This monthly open mic series focuses on storytelling and fiction – no poetry or music. So come share your finest prose, or if you're just in the mood for listening, catch some tales from area wordsmiths. A featured reader will kick off the night, followed by 10-minute open mic slots.
Location: The Reserve SRQ, 1322 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: facebook.com/wordierthanthou or 516.906.2140
Menopause the Musical
Wed. Apr. 17
7:30 PM
Come join our sisterhood! 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 16 years! It’s the Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change!®
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
La Musica International Chamber Music Festival Concert IV
Wed. Apr. 17
8:00 PM
Wolfgang Mozart, Piano Quartet in E-flat major, K.493 Marta Kowalczyk, Daniel Palmizio, Dmitri Atapine, Derek Han Amy Marcy Beach, Piano Trio, Op.150 Ruth Lenz, Christine J. Lee, Derek Han Arnold Schoenberg, Verklärte Nacht, Op.4 Federico Agostini, Marta Kowalczyk, Bruno Giuranna, Daniel Palmizio, Dmitri Atapine, Christine J. Lee
Location: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave
Information: www.lamusicafestival.org/ or 941.366.8450
Boz Scaggs - Out of The Blues Tour 2018
Thu. Apr. 18
8:00 PM
Grammy Award®-winner (“Lowdown”) Boz Scaggs returns to our stage with his Out of The Blues Tour, celebrating his new album. It’s appropriate since the blues is what first sparked his five-decade musical career. "Music has been a constant companion and I'm feeling more free with it than ever," Scaggs comments. "I feel like I've found my voice through all these years, and I've gotten closer to where I want to be with my approach." Come and hear old favorites and new songs!
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Alan Cumming - Legal Immigrant
Sat. Apr. 20
8:00 PM
Tony Award®-winner (Cabaret) Scottish-born Alan Cumming returns to the Van Wezel with his new show Legal Immigrant, celebrating his ten years as a US citizen, growing older and what it feels like to be an immigrant in today’s America. The show is a true old-fashioned cabaret, a smorgasbord of songs and tales; laughter, tears and, of course, provocation! Alan is also known for his role as Eli Gold on The Good Wife and as co-host of the Tony Awards in 2015.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Lea Salonga
Tue. Apr. 23
8:00 PM
Known across the world for her powerful voice and perfect pitch, Lea Salonga is a singer and actress who is best known for her Tony Award®-winning role in Miss Saigon. She has also won the Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards. Lea is a “Disney Legend” for her singing voices of Princess Jasmine from Aladdin and Fa Mulan for Mulan and Mulan II.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Intro and Intermediate Beekeeping Seminar
Wed. Apr. 24
9:30 AM & 2:00 PM
9:30pm - 1pm; Intro: Bee biology/behavior, life stages & duties, types of bees in hive. Learn options when buying bees, hive wood ware, tools and accessories for hive. 2pm - 5pm; Intermediate: Hive Record Keeping and Inspection, Solutions for the unexpected, pests of the hive. Student discount available.. Discounted rate if you book both classes for the same day. limited seating to ensure quality education. Please register at our website.
Location: 2227 University Parkway Sarasota, Florida 34243
Information: www.sarasotahoney.com or 941.726.8755
Rosanne Cash and Band
Thu. Apr. 25
8:00 PM
She Remembers Everything, Rosanne Cash’s highly anticipated follow-up to her triple-Grammy®-winning masterpiece The River and The Thread is a powerfully insightful and strikingly universal collection of new songs. Both confessional and cathartic the material reverberates with an urgency of a woman who has found and owns her story and her voice and who is driven to speak when time feels ever shorter. Songs from this record, which will be released in October 2018, will be featured in concert along with selections from Norma Rae – the musical she is writing with John Leventhal (book by John Weidman) based on the 1979 hit film.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Temptations and The Four Tops
Fri. Apr. 26
8:00 PM
The Temptations were known for smooth stepping: The Temptations Walk became a staple of American style. Their legendary tunes include “My Girl,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone.” The Four Tops, who have been marveling audiences since 1954, are known for chart-topping hits “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch),” “It’s the Same Old Song,” “Reach Out I’ll Be There” and so many more.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Whoopi Goldberg
Sat. Apr. 27
8:00 PM
Whoopi Goldberg is one of a very elite group of artists who have won a Grammy® (“Whoopi Goldberg,” 1985), an Academy Award® (Ghost, 1991), a Golden Globe (The Color Purple, 1985 and Ghost, 1991), an Emmy® (host of AMC’s “Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel,” 2002), a Daytime Emmy for “The View,” 2009) and a Tony® (Producer of Thoroughly Modern Millie, 2002). She is equally well-known for her humanitarian efforts on behalf of children, the homeless, human rights, education, substance abuse and the battle against AIDS.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Lee Greenwood and Crystal Gayle
Sun. Apr. 28
7:00 PM
Award-winning country music icons Lee Greenwood and Crystal Gayle bring their hits to the Van Wezel! Lee’s hits include: “It Turns Me Inside Out,” ”Dixie Road” and “Somebody’s Gonna Love You,” just to name a few! Lee also won CMA Song of the Year for writing “God Bless the USA,” voted the most recognizable patriotic song in America.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Illusionists
Tue. Apr. 30
7:30 PM
This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of five of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. The Illusionists™ Live from Broadway™ has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage, packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368

 

May


Sarasota Orchestra - Dance! Dance! Dance!
Wed. May. 1
5:30 PM
Everyone in the audience is sure to be moving in their seats for this concert of music composed for dance. From the subtle charm of the Brazilian Samba to the exuberant energy of a Las Vegas show, revel in the popular dance music from around the world featured on this rousing finale to the Great Escapes season.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra - Dance! Dance! Dance!
Thu. May. 2
7:30 PM
Everyone in the audience is sure to be moving in their seats for this concert of music composed for dance. From the subtle charm of the Brazilian Samba to the exuberant energy of a Las Vegas show, revel in the popular dance music from around the world featured on this rousing finale to the Great Escapes season.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra - Dance! Dance! Dance!
Fri. May. 3
5:30 PM
Everyone in the audience is sure to be moving in their seats for this concert of music composed for dance. From the subtle charm of the Brazilian Samba to the exuberant energy of a Las Vegas show, revel in the popular dance music from around the world featured on this rousing finale to the Great Escapes season.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra - Dance! Dance! Dance!
Sat. May. 4
8:00 PM
Everyone in the audience is sure to be moving in their seats for this concert of music composed for dance. From the subtle charm of the Brazilian Samba to the exuberant energy of a Las Vegas show, revel in the popular dance music from around the world featured on this rousing finale to the Great Escapes season.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Fine Arts Society of Sarasota Free Art Collection Tours
Tue. May. 7
10:00 AM
Learn about the history of art and artists in Sarasota, and view significant art of Florida artists from the 20th and 21st century. Public art tours are FREE through May 2019 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Fine Arts Society of Sarasota. No reservations required.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: fineartssarasota.org/permanent-art-collection/art-backstage-tour-van-wezel/
Gospel/Christian Music Concert Series
Fri. May. 10
6:00 PM
Every month---Come hear some great music by local Christian artists and bands as well as Music Compound Students and Staff! This month features: Billy Cass and Tammy Renee Let's celebrate Jesus by making a joyful noise. Hosted by Florida Christian Musician Network and Music Compound. Tickets are only $5.00 at the door or online.
Location: Music Compound 1751 Cattlemen Road
Information: www.facebook.com/events/720933154973526/ or 239.898.1883
Sarasota Orchestra - American All Stars
Fri. May. 10
8:00 PM
Join Sarasota Orchestra for a fan-friendly outdoor Pops concert at the Orioles' Ed Smith Stadium. This sixth annual concert showcases stirring music by American composers about America. Vocalists will perform a wide range of popular music. Get yourself some ballpark fare, sit back in the stands and enjoy the Orchestra performing from the field. A spectacular fireworks display closes out an evening of hits and home runs.
Location: Ed Smith Stadium
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra - American All Stars
Sat. May. 11
8:00 PM
Join Sarasota Orchestra for a fan-friendly outdoor Pops concert at the Orioles' Ed Smith Stadium. This sixth annual concert showcases stirring music by American composers about America. Vocalists will perform a wide range of popular music. Get yourself some ballpark fare, sit back in the stands and enjoy the Orchestra performing from the field. A spectacular fireworks display closes out an evening of hits and home runs.
Location: Ed Smith Stadium
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Dragon Boat Festival
Sat. May. 11
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
The Sarasota Dragon Boat Festival comes to Nathan Benderson Park. This event brings together culture, sport and international flavors that blend a 2,500-year-old tradition with the fun and excitement of an outdoor festival.
Location: Nathan Benderson Park
Information: www.gwndragonboat.com/Default.asp?id=sarasota&l=1 or 416.962.8899
Discovery Saturdays at Arlington Park - Birds of the Park
Sat. May. 11
10:00 AM
Learn about a variety of nature topics. Meet at 10 am at the Park office for each session. Adults and Youth are encouraged to come. Pre-registration is encouraged. This program occurs on the second Saturday of each month. July will not have a scheduled program.
Location: Arlington Park, 2650 Waldemere St.
Information: www.facebook.com/ArlingtonParkAquaticComplex/ or 941.554.2110
Storytelling & Prose Open Mic
Wed. May. 15
7:00 PM
This monthly open mic series focuses on storytelling and fiction – no poetry or music. So come share your finest prose, or if you're just in the mood for listening, catch some tales from area wordsmiths. A featured reader will kick off the night, followed by 10-minute open mic slots.
Location: The Reserve SRQ, 1322 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: facebook.com/wordierthanthou or 516.906.2140
Battle of the Bands
Fri. May. 17
6:00 PM
THE BATTLE IS ON! Come join us at Music Compound and witness our very first Battle of the Bands! *pause for applause* This concert will feature the likes of: Los Rojos, Red Vibes, Unspoken, and They Call Me Mr Man! Make sure to check it out and vote for your favorite band to win! It's free admission so bring your friends, family, teachers, cousins twice removed, favorite school janitor, and anyone else your heart desires!
Location: Music Compound, 1751 Cattlemen Road
Information: www.facebook.com/events/500678347124548/

 

June


Discovery Saturdays at Arlington Park - Native Plants for Birds
Sat. Jun. 8
10:00 AM
Learn about a variety of nature topics. Meet at 10 am at the Park office for each session. Adults and Youth are encouraged to come. Pre-registration is encouraged. This program occurs on the second Saturday of each month. July will not have a scheduled program.
Location: Arlington Park, 2650 Waldemere St.
Information: www.facebook.com/ArlingtonParkAquaticComplex/ or 941.554.2110
Storytelling & Prose Open Mic
Wed. Jun. 19
7:00 PM
This monthly open mic series focuses on storytelling and fiction – no poetry or music. So come share your finest prose, or if you're just in the mood for listening, catch some tales from area wordsmiths. A featured reader will kick off the night, followed by 10-minute open mic slots.
Location: The Reserve SRQ, 1322 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: facebook.com/wordierthanthou or 516.906.2140

 

September


Discovery Saturdays at Arlington Park - Aquatic Life at the Park
Sat. Sep. 14
10:00 AM
Learn about a variety of nature topics. Meet at 10 am at the Park office for each session. Adults and Youth are encouraged to come. Pre-registration is encouraged. This program occurs on the second Saturday of each month.
Location: Arlington Park, 2650 Waldemere St.
Information: www.facebook.com/ArlingtonParkAquaticComplex/ or 941.554.2110

 

 

 

Recurring Events

Hatha Yoga in Arlington Park
Every Sunday 10 am, Tuesday 10 am, Wednesday 5:15 pm
For yoga, the prices are $95 per month for unlimited classes or $100 for a 10 class pass. The first class is free to attend. For the first month, meditation is free.
Location:  Arlington Park, 2560 Waldemere St.
Information:  Arlington Park or 941-554-2110
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 YogaOnSiestaBeach.com
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