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September


Intermediate Beekeeping Seminar
Sat. Sep. 23
2:30 PM
Learn: Hive inspection, record keeping, prep hive for inspection, what to look for & document, properly use smoker. How to trouble shoot the unexpected, uncommon honey bee behavior, pests, queen cells and more. Registration $40.00. Student discount available. Beginner seminar held the morning of same day. Discounted rate if you book both classes for the same day. Limited seating to ensure quality education.
Location: Sarasota Honey Company, 1663 11th Street
Information: sarasotahoney.com or 941.726.8755
2017 World Rowing Championships
Sep 23 - Oct 1 Times & Events Vary
We welcome the world. For the first in over twenty years the World Rowing Championships will return to the United States of America at the newly developed Nathan Benderson Park. We are excited to host the 2017 World Rowing Championships. From rowing enthusiasts of all ages to volunteers of all kinds the Sarasota-Bradenton community is ready to Welcome the World.
Location: Nathan Benderson Park
Information: wrch2017.com/
Intro to Beekeeping Seminar
Sat. Sep. 23
9:30 AM
Learn: Bee biology/behavior, life stages & duties, types of bees in hive. Learn options when buying bees, hive wood ware, tools and accessories for hive. Registration $40.00. Student discount available. Intermediate seminar shortly after. Discounted rate if you book both classes for the same day. limited seating to ensure quality education.
Location: Sarasota Honey Company, 1663 11th Street
Information: sarasotahoney.com or 941.726.8755
The Mystical Bazaar
Sat. Sep. 23
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
A day of fun, mystical connections and experiences! A marketplace for the public to enjoy: Vendors, Psychic Readers, Speakers, Healers, Jewelry, Gemstones, Metaphysical items, and more.
Location: Sarasota Municipal Auditorium
Information: www.Thespirituniversity.com or 215.353.6159
Classical Music Celebration
Thu. Sep. 28
7:00 PM
CARisMA to headline the classical music event featureing international classical, opera and visual art performances.
Location: Sarasota Opera House
Information: www.classical-music-celebration.com or 941.587.7386
Classical Music Celebration
Fri. Sep. 29
7:00 PM
CARisMA to headline the classical music event featureing international classical, opera and visual art performances.
Location: Sarasota Opera House
Information: www.classical-music-celebration.com or 941.587.7386
Sunset On The Bay
Sat. Sep. 30
4:00 PM
Join us to Celebrate a Sarasota Sunset on the Bay welcoming guests from the World Rowing Championship and visitors from around the world. The free event Sunset on the Bay will take place on the Van Wezel bayside lawn and will welcome Yesterdayze and the West Coast Black Theatre Troupe to the outdoor stage
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368

 

October


Wayne and Friends
Sun. Oct. 1
5:00 PM
FREE Concert. Our own organist/accompanist Wayne Fisher will open the 2017-18 Concert-Series by joining with five outstanding Sarasota musicians: Gary Reinstrom - French horn, Linda Bento-Rei —flute, Carlann Evans — violin, Cheeko Matsusaka - cello, and Michelle Nicholette — flute. They will join Wayne for a spirited concert of Solos, Duets, Trios and combined pieces using eight instruments.
Location: Pine Shores Presbyterian Chruch, 6135 Beechwood Ave.
Information: www.pineshores.org or 941.922.1597
8th annual Taste of St Armands
Sat. Oct. 7
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Come enjoy tastes from over 18 restaurants in St Armands as well as some delicious libations. Our very popular silent auction will be returning with fabulous packages from our local stores, boutiques and galleries. participate in our 50/50 raffle and listen to live music throughout the event. hope to see you there.
Location: St Armands Circle
Information: www.starmandscircleassoc.com or 941.952.8367
ReptiDay Sarasota Reptile & Exotic Animal Expo
Sat. Oct. 7
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!
Location: Sarasota County Fairgrounds Potter Building
Information: repticon.com/florida/reptiday-sarasota/ or 863.268.4273
Beer, Bands, and Barbeque
Sat. Oct. 7
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
The 3rd Annual Beer, Bands & BBQ presented by Music Compound. Local craft and Domestic beers will be on tap. Yummy, local restaurants will be serving up BBQ inspired dishes. Top, local bands will take the stage for 45 minute sets. $15 at gate
Location: Sarasota Farm Bureau, 7289 Palmer Boulevard
Information: www.musiccompound.com or 941.379.9100
Beer, Bands, and BBQ
Sat. Oct. 7
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
The 3rd Annual Beer, Bands & BBQ presented by Music Compound will be hostLocal Craft and Domestic beers will be on tap. Top, local bands will take the stage for 45 minute sets Yummy, local restaurants will be serving up BBQ inspired dishes. Music Compound students will open the event and perform. !!BANDS ANNOUNCED!! : Funktastic Soul, Steve Arvey Band, Trailer Tricks & Finger Picks, Jah Movement, Blue Skye Pipe & Drums, Trey Wanvig Band, Got Talent Winners, Music Compound Students. Get Your Tickets Today and SAVE! RAIN OR SHINE. General Admission: $15 day of Ticket includes admission and parking. All food and drink can be purchased. Seating not provided. Chairs and blankets welcome. Purchase in advance to save $5.ed at Sarasota Farm Bureau.
Location: Sarasota Farm Bureau, 7289 Palmer Blvd.
Information: www.musiccompound or 941.379.9100
Big Stage Ballroom
Sun. Oct. 8
7:00 PM
Showcasing all styles of dance, from ballroom to contemporary, Broadway to hip-hop, featured on the stage at the Van Wezel. Students and professionals from Fred Astaire Dance Studio will be performing, featuring performances by special guests Lacey Schwimmer from Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance, Fabian Sanchez from Dancing with the Stars, undefeated Fred Astaire Cabaret World Champions Mykhailo Azarov and Tanya Makarenko, and Vladimir Kosarev and Vera Chervin, Fred Astaire American Smooth Champions, choreographed by world renowned Bruno Collins.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Read and Discuss Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric
Tue. Oct. 10
6:00 PM
Tuesdays till 11/14.Join us for a six-week reading and discussion program funded by the Florida Humanities Council featuring Claudia Rankine's powerful work Citizen: An American Lyric. Participants will read the book over the course of six weeks, meeting on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at Selby Public Library for discussion led by New College Professor Sarah Osment. Explore Rankine's text while sharing personal experiences in a safe, open environment. Light refreshments will be provided. Space is limited and registration is required. Register online at scgov.net/library using the events calendar. This event is free and open to the public. Full event dates are: 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, and 11/14.
Location: Selby Public Library, 1331 1st Street
Information: fl.evanced.info/sclibs/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=118245&rts=&disptype=&ret=eventcalendar.asp&pointer=&r or 941.861.1100
SCOPE Annual Celebration and Boundary Crosser Award
Wed. Oct. 11
5:30 PM
Join us in honor of Michael Klauber, SCOPE's 2017 Boundary Crosser Leadership Award recipient. Owner of Michael's on East, co-founder of Manatee Sarasota Originals and leader in the hospitality sector, Michael Klauber brought the community together in a shared vision for a vibrant waterfront. Limited seating, RSVP at SCOPEsarasota.org. Sponsorships available; contact Kim Noyes at SCOPEboundarycrosser@SCOPEsarasota.org.
Location: Michael's On East
Information: www.scopesarasota.org/bc2017/ or 941.365.8751
Sarasota Contemporary Dance + Piazzolla
Oct 12-15 Thursdays-Saturdays @ 7:30 PM, Sundays @ 2:00 PM
The highly anticipated collaboration with renowned harpist Ann Hobson Pilot and violinist Tai Murray is a performance inspired by the music of Astor Pantaleon Piazzolla, the world’s foremost composer of tango music. “The evening will not be a tango show,” says Bolaños Wilmott, “but rather a unique spin on this famous artist, both musically and choreographically, which promises to keep romance alive through a hot contemporary production.”
Location: Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotacontemporarydance.org or 941.359.0099
Rocktober Concert at Music Compound
Fri. Oct. 13
Join us for a rocking concert! Our students and staff will be performing rock songs from 6pm-8pm, so stop on by 1751 Cattlemen Road and listen to the talent! The concert will be free and open to the public, so bring your friends and family for a fun-filled night!
Location: Music Compound, 1751 Cattlemen Road
Information: www.musiccompound.com or 941.371.9100
Neil Berg's 50 Years of Rock and Roll
Fri. Oct. 13
8:00 PM
With a cast consisting of stars and members of rock bands MEATLOAF and Trans-Siberian Orchestra and hit Broadway musicals as Hair and RENT, as well as incredible Rock & Roll singers, Neil Berg tells the exciting and incredible story of the fifty-year history of the music that changed the world forever! From the progenitors of Rock and Roll in the 1940s, through the glory years of the '50s, '60s, and '70s, up until MTV in the early '80s, Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock & Roll tells fascinating stories and features groundbreaking music, with tributes to such important and iconic Rock Stars, Groups, and Genres as Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, Frankie Valli, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Motown, Aretha Franklin, The Who, Janis Joplin, Woodstock, Simon & Garfunkel, Carole King, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Linda Ronstadt, Bruce Springsteen, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Disco, New Wave, Journey, and others!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Willie Nelson & Friends
Tue. Oct. 17
8:00 PM
Country royalty comes to the stage with Willie Nelson! During his lengthy, award-winning career, he has brought us some of the most iconic country songs of all time – “Georgia On My Mind,” “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain,” “On the Road Again” and countless others. One of his recent chart-toppers was “Beer For My Horses,” which was a duet with Toby Keith. Don’t miss this chance to hear the original Country rebel making waves with his unmistakable voice on the Van Wezel stage!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Curious Savage, Presented by The Out-of-Door Academy
Thu. Oct. 26
7:00 PM
The Upper School Performing Arts Department presents The Curious Savage written by Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award winner, John Patrick. The Curious Savage is a delightful, comedic play that reminds us to enjoy life and value love above greed and corruption. A true ensemble piece, the cast features talented Upper School students and one guest Middle School student. Reserve your seats today. Admission: $5.00 Contact: Callie Byron Donnelly at cdonnelly@oda.edu
Location: 5950 Deer Drive, Sarasota, FL 34240
Information: www.oda.edu or 941.554.1948
The Curious Savage, Presented by The Out-of-Door Academy
Fri. Oct. 27
7:00 PM
The Upper School Performing Arts Department presents The Curious Savage written by Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award winner, John Patrick. The Curious Savage is a delightful, comedic play that reminds us to enjoy life and value love above greed and corruption. A true ensemble piece, the cast features talented Upper School students and one guest Middle School student. Reserve your seats today. Admission: $5.00 Contact: Callie Byron Donnelly at cdonnelly@oda.edu
Location: 5950 Deer Drive, Sarasota, FL 34240
Information: www.oda.edu or 941.554.1948
Intermediate Beekeeping Seminar
Sat. Oct. 28
2:30 PM
Learn: Hive inspection, record keeping, prep hive for inspection, what to look for & document, properly use smoker. How to trouble shoot the unexpected, uncommon honey bee behavior, pests, queen cells and more. Registration $40.00. Student discount available. Beginner seminar held the morning of same day. Discounted rate if you book both classes for the same day. Limited seating to ensure quality education.
Location: Sarasota Honey Company, 1663 11th Street
Information: sarasotahoney.com or 941.726.8755
The Curious Savage, Presented by The Out-of-Door Academy
Sat. Oct. 28
7:00 PM
The Upper School Performing Arts Department presents The Curious Savage written by Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award winner, John Patrick. The Curious Savage is a delightful, comedic play that reminds us to enjoy life and value love above greed and corruption. A true ensemble piece, the cast features talented Upper School students and one guest Middle School student. Reserve your seats today. Admission: $5.00 Contact: Callie Byron Donnelly at cdonnelly@oda.edu
Location: 5950 Deer Drive, Sarasota, FL 34240
Information: www.oda.edu or 941.554.1948
Manatee Community Concert Band--"USA Meets France"
Sat. Oct. 28
7:30 PM
The Manatee Community Concert Band opens the 2017-2018 season, featuring a touring band from France, Les Philharnmoniste. The two organizations will perform a few numbers separately and will conclude with several musical numbers with the combined groups. This is going to be an amazing evening of music from around the world. The concert is FREE and open to the public.
Location: Manatee High School Auditorium, 902 33rd St. Ct. W., Bradenton
Information: www.manateeconcertband.org or 260.410.4126
Intro to Beekeeping Seminar
Sat. Oct. 28
9:30 AM
Learn: Bee biology/behavior, life stages & duties, types of bees in hive. Learn options when buying bees, hive wood ware, tools and accessories for hive. Registration $40.00. Student discount available. Intermediate seminar shortly after. Discounted rate if you book both classes for the same day. limited seating to ensure quality education.
Location: Sarasota Honey Company, 1663 11th Street
Information: sarasotahoney.com or 941.726.8755
Chicago
Mon. Oct. 30
8:00 PM
Hailed as one of the "most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock and roll era" by former President Bill Clinton, the legendary rock and roll band with horns, Chicago, came in at #9, the highest charting American band in Billboard Magazine's recent Hot 200 All-Time Top Artists. And Chicago is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six consecutive decades.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368

 

November


So You Think You Can Dance
Fri. Nov. 3
8:00 PM
You’ve seen them on the hit TV show, So You Think You Can Dance. Now you can see your favorite dancers in person when the Top 10 Finalists perform live on tour this fall. The all new tour, features finalists Dassy, Kaylee, Kiki, Koine, Lex, Logan, Mark, Robert, Sydney and Taylor plus All Stars Jasimin Harper and Marko Germar. The high energy dance tour will highlight your favorite numbers from Season 14 plus new surprises.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Doo Wop Spectacular
Sat. Nov. 4
7:30 PM
Relive the Good Ol’ Days of Rock & Roll as Doo Wop Spectacular Vol. 2 returns! Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon takes you back to his 1962 hit “Palisades Park.” Shirley Alston Reeves (Original Lead Singer-Shirelles) sings their big hits “Soldier Boy” and “Tonight’s The Night.” Go back with Cleveland Still & The Dubs and their smash hits “Could This Be Magic” and “Don’t Ask Me To Be Lonely?” The clown princes of Doo Wop, The Coasters, top off the show with their 1958 hits “Charlie Brown” and “Poison Ivy.” Also on stage will be Florida’s a cappella group The Boomerz. Join us for a night to remember the Good Ol’ Days Of Rock & Roll.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Cocktails and Conversation with Colonel Don Christensen (ret) USAF
Sun. Nov. 5
5:00 PM
Don Christensen, the former Chief Prosecutor of the USAF and Protect Our Defenders founder, Nancy Parrish will talk about their work in providing our service members with a safe and respectful work environment. Proceeds will benefit Protect Our Defenders Pro Bono Legal Network Program, which provides free legal and casework services to veterans and active duty members for claims arising from being raped or sexual assaulted while on active duty, including claims relating to various forms of retaliation. Catered graciously by Jeremy Hammond-Chambers of Innovative Dining. Location: Private Residence (Disclosed Upon Ticket Purchase)
Location: Private Residence
Information: www.protectourdefenders.com or 650.544.4090
Intermediate Beekeeping Seminar
Sat. Nov. 11
2:30 PM
Learn: Hive inspection, record keeping, prep hive for inspection, what to look for & document, properly use smoker. How to trouble shoot the unexpected, uncommon honey bee behavior, pests, queen cells and more. Registration $40.00. Student discount available. Beginner seminar held the morning of same day. Discounted rate if you book both classes for the same day. Limited seating to ensure quality education.
Location: Sarasota Honey Company, 1663 11th Street
Information: sarasotahoney.com or 941.726.8755
Intro to Beekeeping Seminar
Sat. Nov. 11
9:30 AM
Learn: Bee biology/behavior, life stages & duties, types of bees in hive. Learn options when buying bees, hive wood ware, tools and accessories for hive. Registration $40.00. Student discount available. Intermediate seminar shortly after. Discounted rate if you book both classes for the same day. limited seating to ensure quality education.
Location: Sarasota Honey Company, 1663 11th Street
Information: sarasotahoney.com or 941.726.8755
Celtic Thunder Symphony 2017
Wed. Nov. 15
7:30 PM
Celtic Thunder - Symphony returns with their dynamic live music experience and uplifting songs accentuated by a full symphony orchestra. The performance will include hit songs from their Legacy, Mythology, Voyage, The Show and It’s Entertainment Shows along with songs from their chart-topping albums Christmas and Classic Christmas and their upcoming Celtic Thunder Inspirational album coming out this Fall.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
AJC 2017 Civic Achievement AWard Dinner
Thu. Nov. 16
6:00 PM
American Jewish Committee West Coast Florida is proud to honor Jennifer O. Rominiecki, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens with its 2017 Civic Achievement Award at a Tribute Dinner at Michael’s on East in Sarasota! The event will include a cocktail reception at 6:00 pm with dinner following. This prestigious award is presented to individuals for their professional achievements and civic-minded leadership. Dinner chairs are Gerri Aaron, Teri Hansen and Jean Weidner-Goldstein. Sponsorships start at $1,000. Please contact AJC Director, Brian Lipton.
Location: Michaels On East, 1212 East Avenue South
Information: liptonb@ajc.org or 941.365.4955
Straight No Chaser
Thu. Nov. 16
8:00 PM
If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses... think again. Straight No Chaser (SNC) are neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. They have emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fanbase, numerous national TV appearances and proven success with CD releases. Straight No Chaser is the real deal, the captivating sound of nine unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense... and with a sense of humor. On the road, Straight No Chaser has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Three Dog Night
Sat. Nov. 18
8:00 PM
Legendary music icons Three Dog Night perfectly re-create their larger-than-life songs with customary impeccable harmonies and original studio arrangements performing hits such as “Mama Told Me (Not To Come,)” “Joy to The World,” “Black and White,” “Shambala,” “Celebrate” and many more. In the years 1969 through 1974, they delivered 21 consecutive Top 40 hits, including 3 #1 singles. Now tallying up almost 50 years on the road Three Dog Night continues to grow its fan base by keeping up a full schedule of more than 70 concerts a year.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Bethune Cook-man University Concert Chorale
Sun. Nov. 19
5:00 PM
FREE concert. The Bethune Cook-man University Concert Chorale Established in the 1950s and '60s as one of the nation's premier Concert Choirs, they are known as "The Ambassadors of Good Will." The Chorale has traveled across the United States, Canada, The Bahamas, and other countries. Since 2013 the Chorale, led by Damon H. Dandridge, has continued its domestic travel and has performed abroad in Colombia, South America and Cuba. In December 2016, the Chorale performed at the White House and had an exclusive audience with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Location: Pine Shores Presbyterian Chruch, 6135 Beechwood Ave.
Information: www.pineshores.org or 941.922.1597
Sarasota's Solutionary Health Festival
Sat. Nov. 25
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Featuring knowledgeable speakers, health food, live music, health-oriented vendors, a kids’ health zone, health trivia, yoga, and more, the Solutionary Health Festival is fun for all! Solutionary Events is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the intention to create healthy, compassionate, and regenerative communities through leading vegan and socially responsible events.
Location: Oscar Scherer State Park, Osprey
Information: www.solutionaryfestival.org or 941.730.4745
Dave Koz 20th Anniversary Christmas Tour
Tue. Nov. 28
8:00 PM
This year’s 20th anniversary tour promises to be extra-special, reuniting Koz with two members of his original lineup – David Benoit and Peter White – and Rick Braun, a guest on many of Dave’s holiday jaunts, dating back to the early years. Newcomer Selina Albright will also join in the festivities. Together, the five remarkable artists will perform fresh renditions of Christmas classics as well as a Chanukah medley and hits from their respective catalogs.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Voices of Sarasota Contemporary Dance
Nov 30 - Dec 3 Thursdays-Saturdays @ 7:30pm, Sundays @ 2:00pm
“Our annual spectacle, ‘Voices’ is a hallmark of the company’s approach to dance,” says Bolaños Wilmott. “It is full of physicality, thought, and delight.” Original and adventurous, the works presented are choreographed by company members and emerging choreographers from around the country. In this performance, four Emerging Choreographers, selected by adjudication from SCD's Summer Intensive Program, will have the opportunity to expand and set their work for the main stage. “This idea of fostering emerging choreographic voices is beginning to attract more and more attention to our performances. Our local audiences also want to see the future choreographers of contemporary dance as they are just blossoming” says Bolaños Wilmott.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotacontemporarydance.org or 941.359.0099

 

December


Arthritis Foundation 2017 Jingle Bell Run-Manasota
Sat. Dec. 2
7:30 AM
Be part of the longest-standing, holiday-themed 5K race series anywhere – and fight with us to conquer arthritis! The Arthritis Foundation’s original Jingle Bell Run is a fun way to get decked out and be festive, while racing to raise funds and awareness to cure America’s #1 cause of disability. Put on your favorite holiday costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. ’Tis the season to live it up and be jolly for a reason! Bring a team of friends, family and co-workers to run or walk, spread smiles and good cheer … and be a Champion of Yes! 100 percent of your registration fee and fundraising efforts go to this great cause.
Location: Nathan Benderson Park
Information: www.jbr.org/manasota or 813.559.2087
We Three Kings - An Irish Tenors Christmas
Sat. Dec. 2
8:00 PM
We Three Kings – An Irish Tenors Christmas, combines enchanting Irish repertoire with sweeping holiday selections in an evening filled with joy. From the title song through treasured sacred selections like “O! Holy Night,” seguing into secular favorites like “White Christmas,” and diving head-long into “Jingle Bell Rock,” We Three Kings – An Irish Tenors Christmas keeps audiences utterly enchanted from start to finish. Christmas with The Irish Tenors is time well-spent creating musical memories for families everywhere.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Leann Rimes
Sun. Dec. 3
7:00 PM
Grammy Award®-winning LeAnn Rimes makes her Van Wezel debut with her Today is Christmas Tour 2017! Rimes is an internationally-acclaimed singer and award-winning songwriter bringing us wildly popular hits such as “How Do I Live,” “Can’t Fight the Moonlight,” and “You Light Up My Life.” The Tour will include a mix of holiday classics, Rimes’ greatest hits and songs from her new critically-acclaimed album, Remnants.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story
Tue. Dec. 5
8:00 PM
Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story tells the true story of Buddy’s meteoric rise to fame, from the moment in 1957 when ‘That’ll be the Day’ hit the airwaves until his tragic death less than two years later on “The Day the Music Died”. The show continues the incredible legacy of the young man with glasses, whose musical career spanned an all-too-brief period during the golden days of rock & roll. Featuring over 20 of Buddy Holly’s greatest hits, Buddy is sure to “send you out of the theater on an unstoppable high” (The Boston Globe).
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
98 Degrees Christmas
Mon. Dec. 11
8:00 PM
The quartet, Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre, who have sold a staggering 10 million records, is embarking on a 31-city “98° at Christmas” tour, supporting their first full-length holiday album in 18 years, Let It Snow.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Sun. Dec. 17
2:30 PM
This Emmy® and Peabody award-winning story by Charles M. Schulz has been a longstanding tradition, warming the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television over 50 years ago. Now, the live-on-stage adaptation of the classic animated television special brings all your favorite characters to life - all set to the unforgettable sounds of the Vince Guaraldi musical score. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang in their journey to uncover the true meaning of Christmas!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Thu. Dec. 21
7:00 PM
Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the 2017 season with its 10th Anniversary National Tour, a critically-acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza that is a cirque spectacle, Broadway musical and family show all in one! Filled with over 300 imaginative costumes, 20 world-class astonishing acts, soaring acrobatics, gravity-defying feats, elaborate production numbers and illusions that will leave you mesmerized. Experience this 2-hour theatrical phenomenon BroadwayWorld hails “The Perfect Holiday Gift…a show that everyone will enjoy... colorful, festive, imaginative, inventive, and thoroughly entertaining."
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
A Christmas Carol
Fri. Dec. 22
7:00 PM
A true Van Wezel favorite, A Christmas Carol, produced by Nebraska Theatre Caravan, returns with their lavish, full-scale Broadway-style production. A spirited ensemble of 23 performers bring the enduring tale of redemption to life on a magical set. Timeless carols such as “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “Away in a Manger” are interwoven within the story of a tight-fisted, middle-class merchant Ebenezer Scrooge and all the beloved characters from Dickens' 1843 novel. Bring the whole family to this holiday classic!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker
Fri. Dec. 29
3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Celebrate this Christmas with the experience taking North America by storm! Marking the 25th Anniversary Tour, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker features over-the-top production and world class Russian artists. Larger than life Puppets, Nesting Dolls and gloriously hand-crafted costumes bring the Christmas spirit to life. Gather the family and see why the press is raving “Knock Out!” – New York Times “Christmas Cheer!” – LA Times. Get the best seats today and memories for a lifetime at Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! www.nutcracker.com
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368

 

January


Salute To Vienna New Year's Concert
Wed. Jan. 3
7:00 PM
Featuring dancers from Kiev-Aniko Ballet of Ukraine & International Champion Ballroom Dancers. This holiday season, the spirited romance of operetta, the glamour of ballroom dance, and the delicate beauty of ballet will waltz you into a triumphant 2018. Inspired by Vienna’s beloved New Year’s Concert, this charming celebration blends acclaimed European singers and dancers with exceptional local musicians that form The Strauss Symphony of America for a rich cultural experience that will leave your toes tapping. Fall in love with a musical program that weaves highlights from Merry Widow, Die Fledermaus, and Gypsy Princess with energetic overtures, Strauss waltzes including the Blue Danube and polkas from Vienna’s golden age. A Sarasota tradition for 22 years, experience Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert, a glorious champagne toast to life itself!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Peter Cetera
Fri. Jan. 5
8:00 PM
From 1968 thru 1986 Peter Cetera was the singer, songwriter, and bass player for the legendary rock group Chicago. In his time with the group, they recorded 18 of the most memorable albums of a generation, including such hits as “If You Leave Me Now,” “Baby What a Big Surprise” and “You’re the Inspiration.” A solo artist since 1986, Peter has recorded 10 time-honored CDs including his #1 hit, the Academy Award®-nominated song “The Glory of Love” from the hit movie The Karate Kid II. Peter will be joined by his 7-piece electric band, “The Bad Daddy’s.”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
Sat. Jan. 6
8:00 PM
Getting away with murder can be so much fun… and there is no better proof than the knock-‘em-dead hit show ¬– A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder. Winner of the 2014 Tony Award® for Best Musical, the show tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by eliminating the eight pesky relatives who stand in his way. All the while, Monty juggles his mistress (after more than just love), his fiancée (his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! As one most gentlemanly NPR critic put it, “I’VE NEVER LAUGHED SO HARD AT A BROADWAY MUSICAL!”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
Sun. Jan. 7
3:00 PM
Getting away with murder can be so much fun… and there is no better proof than the knock-‘em-dead hit show ¬– A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder. Winner of the 2014 Tony Award® for Best Musical, the show tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by eliminating the eight pesky relatives who stand in his way. All the while, Monty juggles his mistress (after more than just love), his fiancée (his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! As one most gentlemanly NPR critic put it, “I’VE NEVER LAUGHED SO HARD AT A BROADWAY MUSICAL!”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
A Night with Janis Joplin
Mon. Jan. 8
8:00 PM
A Night With Janis Joplin, is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences—icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, who inspired one of rock & roll’s greatest legends. The show features a remarkable cast performing such unforgettable songs as “Me and Bobby McGee”, “Piece of My Heart”, “Mercedes Benz”, “Cry Baby” and “Summertime”. Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the queen of rock & roll. The unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort, made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Steve Soloman - Cannoli - Latkes
Tue. Jan. 9
8:00 PM
Steve Solomon, author and star of the three-time award-winning, critically-acclaimed show: “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy” now brings you: “CANNOLI, LATKES & GUILT...the therapy continues,” Steve’s newest project. Prepare to laugh, prepare to cry, and prepare to spend a wonderful side-splitting evening with Steve and his wacky family and friends. You’ll leave remembering why you left home in the first place; dinner for thirty five…one toilet and no plunger!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Ramsey Lewis & John Pizzarelli - Straighten Up and Fly Right The Nat King Cole Tribute
Wed. Jan. 10
8:00 PM
A jazz performer at heart, Nat King Cole broke the pop barrier with his smoky, smooth vocals, stringing along a huge number of solid hits right after his first “Straighten Up And Fly Right.” Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli have crafted a tribute to the titan of fifties vocal pop, from his hits to the singular tracks of sophisticated cool jazz that have influenced their own careers. Lewis, a master musician with over 50 years of performance behind him, is the perfect choice to represent Cole at the piano. Guitarist Pizzarelli remains a “master of Nat King Cole cool, swinging such standards as ‘Just In Time.’” – The Seattle Times
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Tango Fire
Fri. Jan. 12
8:00 PM
International Tango superstar German Cornejo’s dance troupe The Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires is a true global phenomenon and the world’s leading Tango company. Tango Fire encompasses and defines all that is Argentine Tango; dancing which sizzles with sensuality, accompanied by the unforgettable music and song of the great Tango masters. As one of the world’s most popular dance forms, this exhilarating show combines the rawness and sophistication, seductive and sultry side of Tango, evoking the intoxicating passion of late night Buenos Aires. Tango Fire is a show not to be missed!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Legendary 5th Dimension
Mon. Jan. 15
8:00 PM
"Classy" is the word used over and over to describe The 5th Dimension. With over 20 million record sold worldwide, 22 Top 40 Hits, 5 No. 1 hits and 6 Grammys®, they continue to awe. Classic songs include: "Up, Up, and Away," "One Less Bell to Answer" and the iconic "Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In." Original member and lead vocalist, Florence LaRue works hard to remain true to the sound of The 5th Dimension and performs their hits in their entirety. This group sets the standard for musical quality few groups could ever hope to match!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Rene Fleming
Tue. Jan. 16
8:00 PM
Renée Fleming, one of the most acclaimed singers of our time, returns to the Van Wezel after a sold-out performance here two years ago. A National Medal of Arts recipient, Ms. Fleming is also the winner of the 2013 Grammy Award (her fourth) for Best Classical Vocal Solo. She has recorded everything from complete operas, orchestral works, and classical songs to jazz, indie rock, and the soundtrack for The Lord of the Rings. Her concert will include classical songs, opera arias and popular selections from musicals.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Chita Rivera & Tommy Tune - Just In Time
Wed. Jan. 17
8:00 PM
Chita & Tune: Just In Time is a unique concert event that pairs two of Broadway’s most celebrated legends. Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune collectively have won 12 Tony Awards® and this iconic Broadway coupling is guaranteed to dazzle you! Chita has won two Tony Awards as Best Leading Actress in a Musical and received eight additional Tony nominations. Tommy has been honored with 10 Tony Awards recognizing him as an outstanding performer, choreographer, and director. The stars will showcase the artistry and history that has made them stars of the Great White Way and beyond. The duo will be accompanied by a trio of superb Broadway musicians.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Drifters, The Platters & Cornell Gunter's Coasters
Thu. Jan. 18
8:00 PM
It’s not a concert…it’s a party! Spend a nostalgic evening saluting 3 of the world's most beloved musical groups who were instrumental in creating the Rock & Roll/Doo Wop sound: Cornell Gunter’s Coasters (Charlie Brown, Yakety Yak); The Platters featuring 4 of America’s premier singers performing their greatest hits (Only You, The Great Pretender); and The Drifters, one of Rock & Roll’s founding vocal groups with their 50 year catalog of hits (Under the Boardwalk, This Magic Moment). This show has songs to please every palate, delivered just the way you remember them, when you first heard them on the radio!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Musical Thrones
Sun. Jan. 21
7:00 PM
Fans of the most talked-about show on television can now get their fantasy fix live on stage with the hilarious send-up Musical Thrones: A Parody. Your most beloved and be-hated characters come to life as you journey through all 6 seasons of the Game of Thrones series. You will be transported to Thrones’ magical locations where bloodthirsty musical theater comics leave no joke unturned in serving up Thrones’ notorious violence, power struggles, manipulation and sex, plus worse yet, a ballad or two. Saddle up and come on down to King’s Landing - and hold onto your swords!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Tapestry - A Tribute to Carole King
Tue. Jan. 23
8:00 PM
Tapestry: Tribute to Carole King faithfully recreates the glorious sound of a Carole King concert, leaving you with memories of the great music she wrote and recorded, including “You’ve Got a Friend,” “Take Good Care of My Baby,” “It’s Too Late,” “Beautiful” and “I Feel the Earth Move.” Her 1971 album Tapestry remained the best-selling album by a female artist for a quarter century, and King went on to amass three other platinum and seven gold albums. Tapestry: Tribute to Carole King is performed with a live band and multi-media images.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Dance Makers
Jan 25 - 28 Thursdays-Saturdays @ 7:30 PM, Sundays @ 2:00 PM
This performance will be the main event of the season, featuring new imaginative dance pieces by nationally acclaimed contemporary choreographers Millicent Johnnie of Brazil, Lucy Bowen McCauley of DC, Rosanna Tavarez of CA, and Crystal Edwards of FL. In season 12, this popular annual concert will feature imaginative dance pieces by these internationally acclaimed contemporary choreographers. Also featured is a solo from the 1920s by pioneer of modern dance, Ted Shawn, as re-staged by Historical Modern Dance Specialist Jack Clark. “We have selected these works to present the power, charm, and diversity of the company, in addition to our mission of presenting a range of contemporary dance for multi-generational and multi-cultural audience in our community” said Bolaños Wilmott.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotacontemporarydance.org or 941.359.0099
Paul Anka
Thu. Jan. 25
8:00 PM
Paul Anka – what more can we say? The legendary singer/songwriter, one of the biggest teen idols of the late ‘50’s, is an ever-popular performer here at the Van Wezel. With well over 500 songs to his credit, the most memorable being “Put Your Head On My Shoulder,” “My Way” and the famous theme from “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” Paul is the only artist in history to have a song in the Billboard Top 100 during seven separate decades.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Master Of Illusions
Fri. Jan. 26
7:00 PM
Masters of Illusion, America’s largest touring magic show, returns on their “Believe the Impossible” tour! Nothing beats the experience of seeing a magic show in person. You will see grand illusions, levitating women, appearances, vanishes, escapes, comedy, magic, sleight of hand and beautiful dancers all rolled up into one live show! Only the best, most unique, amusing, astounding and amazing performers have been chosen to perform in this huge stage phenomenon.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Swingset
Sun. Jan. 28
5:00 PM
A FREE concert featuring Rebecca Zapen (vocals/violin), Jeremy Douglass (keyboard), and Dave Hamar (drums) Swingset is a classy, swinging, Nat Cole-inspired jazz ensemble based in Tampa Bay, performing songs from the Great American Songbook, Brazilian bossa nova, as well as jazz arrangements of select pop tunes.
Location: Pine Shores Presbyterian Chruch, 6135 Beechwood Ave.
Information: www.pineshores.org or 941.922.1597
Michael Feinstein
Sun. Jan. 28
7:00 PM
Welcome back Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy® and five-time Grammy Award®-nominated entertainer! His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, the White House and Buckingham Palace and, of course, here at the Van Wezel! Enjoy an evening filled with classics by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and others of the era as he Celebrates the Crooners.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Cabaret
Tue. Jan. 30
8:00 PM
Based on Roundabout Theatre Company’s Tony Award®-winning production, CABARET features the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble that take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd – and leave their troubles outside. As life in pre-WWII Germany grows more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through? Come to hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time”.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Cabaret
Wed. Jan. 31
8:00 PM
Based on Roundabout Theatre Company’s Tony Award®-winning production, CABARET features the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble that take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd – and leave their troubles outside. As life in pre-WWII Germany grows more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through? Come to hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time”.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368

 

February


Balletboyz
Thu. Feb. 1
8:00 PM
The U.K’s BALLETBOYZ® are one of the most cheekily original and innovative forces in modern dance. This phenomenal troupe features 10 exceptional young dancers in an exhilarating evening of two explosive works, SERPENT and FALLEN. “[Liam] Scarlett’s Serpent is a revelation,” (Metro) a series of kinetic duets that progress into a never-ending stream of beautiful movement. In contrast, Russell Maliphant’s award-winning Fallen is a “viscerally thrilling” (The Telegraph) adrenaline rush driven by industrial-strength music resulting in “a work of incredible assurance and magnificent sweep.” (The Times)
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
In The Mood
Mon. Feb. 5
8:00 PM
IN THE MOOD is a celebration of the music of the 1930s & '40s – the Big Band era. It was the last time that all Americans were listening and dancing to the same kind of music. With our live sensational 13-piece String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra and our fabulous IN THE MOOD Singers and Dancers, the great melodies and lyrics that are still with us today are presented in a musical revue that is jazzy, sentimental, rhythmic, nostalgic and patriotic – all happening at the same time. With music arrangements, costumes and choreography IN THE MOOD is as authentic as it gets.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Diana Krall
Tue. Feb. 6
8:00 PM

Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Travis Wall's SHAPING SOUND After The Curtain
Wed. Feb. 7
8:00 PM
Through his Emmy Award® winning work on So You Think You Can Dance, Travis Wall has established himself as one of America's favorite choreographers. His artistic direction of SHAPING SOUND has already produced one spell-binding show in Dance Reimagined, which has captivated audiences all across North America. Now, Travis and SHAPING SOUND are back with their brand new show, After the Curtain. These visual musicians continue to dazzle audiences as they tell the story of a man fighting to find his creative voice after the death of his one true love. Heart-wrenching, breath-taking and ultimately uplifting, this is one dance show that audiences will remember forever.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Beach Boys
Wed. Feb. 14
7:30 PM
The Beach Boys return by popular demand to the Van Wezel. Having tallied up dozens of hits and sold albums by the tens of millions with hits including “I Get Around,” “Good Vibrations” and “California Girls,” The Beach Boys changed the musical landscape forever! The Beach Boys continue to create and perform with the same bold imagination and style that marked their explosive debut over 50 years ago, join us this Valentine’s day for some “Fun Fun Fun!”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
George Benson
Thu. Feb. 15
8:00 PM
Grammy® Award-winning master guitarist, singer and song-writer George Benson returns to the Van Wezel! With his impeccable sense of rhythm, Benson is best known for his funky hits of the '70s and '80s including “Breezin,” “Turn Your Love Around” and “Never Give Up on a Good Thing.” His trademark modern jazz paired with his soulful bluesy singing are sure to get you toe-tapping in your seat!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Michael McDonald
Sat. Feb. 17
8:00 PM
Two notes. That’s all it takes to recognize the voice of Michael McDonald. Distinctive and soulful, it is one of the most yearningly emotive instruments of our times. To this add formidable songwriting and keyboard skills, and you have an artist who has been a singular musical presence for four decades. From ‘70s-era Doobie Brothers classics such as “What A Fool Believes” and solo hits like “I Keep Forgettin,” the five-time Grammy Award®-winning McDonald is both timeless and ever-evolving
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Hot Sardines
Sun. Feb. 18
7:00 PM
Quality is timeless. Just ask The Hot Sardines. In the hot jazz movement, The Hot Sardines stand apart for the innovation, verve and sheer joy they bring to music, both new and old. Music first made famous decades ago comes alive through their brassy horn arrangements, rollicking piano melodies, and vocals from a chanteuse who transports listeners to a different era with the mere lilt of her voice. Don’t miss this exciting Sarasota premiere!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Stayin' Alive
Mon. Feb. 19
8:00 PM
Stayin' Alive, with Tony Mattina, Todd Sharman and George Manz, creates a realistic sense of hearing and experiencing the brothers’ Gibb live in concert. The trio, backed by studio musicians, wholly capture the sound mystique of The Bee Gees and offers their audiences the songs and sights of a full Bee Gees play list. Singing blockbusters such as “Night Fever,” “Jive Talkin,” “Nights On Broadway” and “Stayin’ Alive.” In addition, they perform softer poetic ballads such as “I Started A Joke,” “Massachusetts” and “To Love Somebody,” among other great hits. This Sarasota premiere is the largest and most definitive production of its kind, offering big screen video clips, photos and dazzling imagery!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Moscow Festival Ballet - Romeo & Juliet & Carmen
Tue. Feb. 27
8:00 PM
Moscow Festival Ballet was founded in 1989 when legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet Sergei Radchenko brought together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi & Kirov Ballets. Romeo & Juliet, the full-length ballet with Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score and choreography by Elena Radchenko, is the second part of our program. Carmen, a full-length ballet in one act, was initially banned by the Soviet hierarchy as "disrespectful" to the opera. It has since become, however, popular in the West and a “highly entertaining retelling” of Bizet’s tale. (Sanderson, allmusic.com).
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368

 

March


Celtic Woman
Sun. Mar. 4
3:00 PM
One winter’s night in Dublin, Ireland in 2004, an idea was conceived to create a musical ensemble featuring a selection of exceptional classically and traditionally trained Irish female musicians. And so Celtic Woman was born. The show is a joyful fusion of all things Celtic - from bagpipes and bouzouki to Irish dances as well as a universal celebration of life. Celtic Woman is a living legend — they draw you into a culture, and share a heritage that is every bit as enchanting as the women themselves. Don’t miss them live in concert!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Wizard of Oz
Tue. Mar. 6
7:00 PM
A spectacular celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film, THE WIZARD OF OZ will blow you away from the moment the tornado touches down and transports you to a dazzling Oz. The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography and classic songs.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Wizard of Oz
Wed. Mar. 7
7:00 PM
A spectacular celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film, THE WIZARD OF OZ will blow you away from the moment the tornado touches down and transports you to a dazzling Oz. The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography and classic songs.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Pianist Joel Raney
Sun. Mar. 11
5:00 PM
FREE concert. Joel Raney started playing the piano sometime between learning to walk and learning to read. His taste for gospel music began in a rural Baptist church in Alabama, an influence that shows strongly in his work to this day. Since 1999, he has taken the church music scene by storm, with over 200 titles in print, primarily with Hope Publishing where he serves as Editor.
Location: Pine Shores Presbyterian Chruch, 6135 Beechwood Ave.
Information: www.pineshores.org or 941.922.1597
National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba
Sun. Mar. 11
7:00 PM
Since its inception in 1960, the NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF CUBA has been instrumental in developing and introducing Cuban and Latin American music to the international classical music community, in addition to covering a vast symphonic and chamber repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music. International tours have taken the orchestra to The United States of America, Russia, Poland, Yugoslavia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain, Peru and Argentina.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Dance To The Movies
Mon. Mar. 12
8:00 PM
DANCE TO THE MOVIES celebrates and reinvents some of Hollywood’s best musical moments on the silver screen. Seven of TV and stage’s top choreographers bring to life the classic movie dances of yesterday with a fresh new vision! Starring Dancing With The Stars Celebrity Pros, So You Think You Can Dance top finalists and combining forces with singing stars from American Idol and The Voice, DANCE TO THE MOVIES recreates some of the most iconic characters and memorable musical moments from movies like West Side Story, Grease, Chicago, Dirty Dancing and Moulin Rouge, with new, stunning dances to scores from such movies as The Godfather, Titanic, The Matrix and Les Misérables.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Neil Berg's 109 Years of Broadway
Tue. Mar. 13
2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Neil Berg returns to the Van Wezel celebrating a record-breaking decade of annual performances with an exciting all new show! 109 Years of Broadway recreates the finest moments from the most memorable shows of the century featuring the actual Broadway stars of shows like Jersey Boys, Wicked, and Mamma Mia! Backed by an excellent New York-based band, 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
Audra McDonald
Wed. Mar. 14
8:00 PM
Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry as both a singer and an actress which makes her the powerhouse artist that she is. The winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards®, two Grammy Awards® and an Emmy Award®, she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2015 and received a 2015 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama. “She is a one-of-a-kind musical super-talent … as a singer she is an irreplaceable resource.” – The New York Times
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Rick Springfield
Thu. Mar. 15
8:00 PM
For all of his accomplishments as an actor, best-selling author, and documentary subject, Rick Springfield’s first love is music. He has toured for over 30 years and this year he returns to Sarasota with his hits! His concerts are legendary with their rock-heavy, high-energy full-band sets. He has sold 25 million records and has 17 top-40 hits, including “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “An Affair of the Heart,” “I’ve Done Everything for You,” “Love Somebody” and “Jessie’s Girl.”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Four Phantoms
Wed. Mar. 21
8:00 PM
Former leading men from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera – Brent Barrett, Ciarán Sheehan, Franc D’Ambrosio and Marcus Lovett – bring the Sarasota Premiere of The Four Phantoms to the Van Wezel. A glorious new show that celebrates the legendary work of the many composers and artists who have made Broadway an American art form, The Four Phantoms will hold you spellbound as they revisit the passion of the masked man and honor the musical legacy of Broadway!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
America
Thu. Mar. 22
8:00 PM
Perennial classic-rock favorite America returns to the Van Wezel. The original band comprising Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell and Dan Peek quickly rose to fame with their chart-topper “A Horse With No Name.” In the early '70s their massive success continued with classics such as “I Need You,” “Ventura Highway” and “Lonely People.” America’s musical journey has provided decades of lush, melodic folk-rock sounds and tight vocal harmonies
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Academy of St. Martin In The Fields w Joshua Bell
Sat. Mar. 24
8:00 PM
The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is one of the world’s greatest chamber orchestras, renowned for fresh, brilliant interpretations of the world’s most-loved classical music. Led by Music Director and virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell, the Academy retains the collegiate spirit and flexibility of the original small, conductor-less ensemble, which has become an Academy hallmark, while pushing the boundaries of play-directed performance to new heights.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sarasota Challenge Dancesport Championships
Sun. Mar. 25
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Brilliant Ballroom Dance Competition in Florida! All level Pro/Am competitions and challenges. Amazing formal dining experience and World Class Professional Show. Tickets available online.
Location: Hyatt Regency Sarasota
Information: www.sarasotachallenge.com or 941.704.7613
Peter Pan
Mon. Mar. 26
7:00 PM
Based on the story by James M. Barrie, Peter Pan the 3D Stage Spectacular brings Never Never Land to life like never before. The audience will receive 3D glasses and literally fly with Peter Pan and Wendy to Never Never Land along a journey of breathtaking flying sequences and video rides on a huge panoramic screen. Peter Pan combines never before seen holograms, video-mapping and L.E.D. screens with jaw-dropping acts by 30 performers – including dancers, singers, actors from the London stage, and former Cirque du Soleil acrobats. All in attendance will become the lost children along with the boy who never grows up for 95 minutes of rides and thrills, joyful tears, and excitement.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Motown The Musical
Tue. Mar. 27
8:00 PM
It began as one man's story… became everyone's music… and is now Broadway's musical. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Motown The Musical
Wed. Mar. 28
8:00 PM
It began as one man's story… became everyone's music… and is now Broadway's musical. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Motown The Musical
Thu. Mar. 29
8:00 PM
It began as one man's story… became everyone's music… and is now Broadway's musical. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Motown The Musical
Fri. Mar. 30
8:00 PM
It began as one man's story… became everyone's music… and is now Broadway's musical. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368

 

April


Illusionist Rick Thomas - Nothing Happens Until You Dream
Wed. Apr. 4
8:00 PM
Rick Thomas performs the most intriguing and innovative grand illusions in the world with a style unlike any other magical entertainer. His stage presence is unmatched as he weaves magic, music, comedy and dance into a seamless spectacle. But it’s the performance that Rick does beyond the magic, with his engaging one-of-a-kind persona, that sets him apart! “Fabulous entertainment for the entire family!” – Chicago Tribune
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Robert Dubac's The Book of Moron
Thu. Apr. 5
8:00 PM
Buckle up for a hilarious joy ride over the pot-holed highways of cultural hypocrisy with Robert Dubac's THE BOOK OF MORON! Having been brainwashed by a culture that worships Kardashians over character, delusion over truth and selfies over self-effacement, Dubac begins his journey with one simple question: Who am I? What do I believe? What's the point? Okay, that's three questions but suffice to say, he has no answers. Just voices. Inner voices who come to life with precision and wit. It's comedy on steroids. Think your funny bone can handle it?
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Jersey Boys
Tue. Apr. 10
8:00 PM
JERSEY BOYS is the Tony®, Grammy® and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30! JERSEY BOYS features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Jersey Boys
Wed. Apr. 11
8:00 PM
JERSEY BOYS is the Tony®, Grammy® and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30! JERSEY BOYS features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Jersey Boys
Thu. Apr. 12
8:00 PM
JERSEY BOYS is the Tony®, Grammy® and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30! JERSEY BOYS features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Wynonna and the Big Noise
Sat. Apr. 14
8:00 PM
Wynonna and her band The Big Noise, led by her husband/drummer/producer, Cactus Moser, return to the Van Wezel this season! Respected by the millions of fans who are drawn to her music and undeniable talent, Wynonna’s rich and commanding voice has sold over 30 million albums worldwide spanning her remarkable 33-year career. As one-half of the legendary mother/daughter duo "The Judds," Wynonna was once dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline."
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Chris Botti
Sun. Apr. 15
7:00 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
Let It Be
Tue. Apr. 17
8:00 PM
This is the show that you never got to see The Beatles ever perform. Let It Be relives the past from Ed Sullivan to Abbey Road, with favorite hits including “Hard Day's Night,” “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Twist and Shout” and “Strawberry Fields,” and imagines the reunion that never was… "The Beatles are back sending theatre audiences dancing into the aisles" – Reuters, New York
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
ABBA the Concert
Wed. Apr. 18
8:00 PM
The audience and press all agree: “This is the closest to ABBA you’ll ever get.” ABBA The Concert brings one of the greatest pop phenomena back to life and continues to be the top ABBA tribute group in the world. Be dazzled by the performance of the most iconic hits from ABBA, including “Mamma Mia,” “S.O.S,” “Money, Money, Money,” “The Winner Takes All” and “Dancing Queen.” Come dance, come sing, having the time of your life at the ultimate tribute celebration!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma
Thu. Apr. 19
8:00 PM
Since 2000, the Silk Road Ensemble has been redefining classical music for 21st-century audiences. Established by world renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the musicians represent a global array of cultures while co-creating art, performances and ideas. They draw on a rich tapestry of traditions that make up our shared cultural heritage, creating a new musical language—a uniquely engaging and accessible encounter between the foreign and the familiar that reflects our many-layered contemporary identities. Their most recent album, Sing Me Home, won the Grammy® this year for Best World Music Album!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Bill Engvall
Sun. Apr. 22
7:00 PM
Bill Engvall is a Grammy®-nominated, multi-platinum-selling recording artist and one of the top comedians in the country. He was a contestant on Season 17 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, and as a fan favorite, he made it to the finals. He also lent his voice to the animated comedy series Bounty Hunters, which aired on CMT. Bill was part of the enormously successful Blue Collar Comedy concert films, which sold over nine million units and received a Grammy nomination. He also starred on the WB’s hit sketch comedy show Blue Collar TV.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
A Chorus Line
Tue. Apr. 24
8:00 PM
A CHORUS LINE is musical theatre in its most pure form! Its celebration and true-to-life depiction of performers and their struggle to achieve greatness on the Broadway stage has earned the show unanimous praise as one of the true masterpieces of live theater. The iconographic stories, simultaneously touching, funny and inspiring, will haunt you long after you leave the theater. A CHORUS LINE, with its powerful true life stories, is what "American Idol", "So You Think You Can Dance", and "The Voice"can only aspire to be - gripping live theater with world famous songs, choreography that’s become part of our popular culture, and imagery that can only be epitomized as “One Singular Sensation” which is A CHORUS LINE.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
A Chorus Line
Wed. Apr. 25
8:00 PM
A CHORUS LINE is musical theatre in its most pure form! Its celebration and true-to-life depiction of performers and their struggle to achieve greatness on the Broadway stage has earned the show unanimous praise as one of the true masterpieces of live theater. The iconographic stories, simultaneously touching, funny and inspiring, will haunt you long after you leave the theater. A CHORUS LINE, with its powerful true life stories, is what "American Idol", "So You Think You Can Dance", and "The Voice"can only aspire to be - gripping live theater with world famous songs, choreography that’s become part of our popular culture, and imagery that can only be epitomized as “One Singular Sensation” which is A CHORUS LINE.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Mummenschanz - You & Me
Thu. Apr. 26
8:00 PM
Swiss-based theater troupe MUMMENSCHANZ has been dazzling worldwide audiences for more than 45 years with inventive uses of shadow, light, and creative manipulation of objects. “you & me” focuses on the love and mutual joy the audiences and performers experience in MUMMENSCHANZ’s one of a kind theatrical performances, hence the title “you & me”. As MUSICIANS OF SILENCE, their soundtrack is the awe, joy, and laughter expressed by audiences in response to their pioneered form of visual theater.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368

 

May


Evolving/Revolving
May 10-13 Thursdays-Saturdays @ 7:30 PM, Sundays @ 2:00 PM
The final performance of the Sarasota Contemporary Dance's 12th season comprises diverse new works by past company collaborators, and dancers Anamaria Diamant, Sandra Portal-Andreu, Doug Gillespie, Rachael Inman (co-founder of Fuzión Dance Artists, now SCD), and Kristin O’Neal. “This performance celebrates the company’s past and future through impactful collaborations,” said Bolaños Wilmott.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: www.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