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February


Older Than Dirt
Feb 8 - Jun 4
Various Dates & Times
Getting old is not for sissies, but it sure is good for a laugh. This musical comedy revue provides a witty and heartfelt 360 degree view of aging. Featuring songs by Shel Silverstein, Adam Sandler, and Neil Young, Older Than Dirt takes the audience on a journey through the pitfalls and perks of aging. Featuring songs such as "When I'm 64," "Don't Be Ashamed of Your Age," and "Forever Young." "The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age" -
Location: Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Avenue
Information: www.floridastudiotheatre.org or 941.366.9000

 

April


Rich Girl
Apr 5 - May 26
Various Dates and Times
Rich Girl is a clever and contemporary comedy about women and their relationship to men, mothers, and money - in that order. Can they ever really coexist? REGIONAL PREMIERE! "Clever detail" - Talkin Broadway
Location: Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Avenue
Information: www.floridastudiotheatre.org or 941.366.9000
Kinky Boots
Sun. Apr. 30
2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
KINKY BOOTS is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Walker Guest House Replica Closing Day Party
Sun. Apr. 30
2:00 PM
Join SAF at the Replica for the closing day party as we thank all of the individuals, foundations and companies who have contributed to this very special project, and show our sincere appreciation to the 60 volunteer docents who have led daily tours since opening day November 6, 2015. Special thanks to The Ringling for hosting our architecture exhibit and to all of the 57,000 + visitors who have toured the house. Refreshments, Cash Bar Walker Guest House (1952), architect Paul Rudolph; Photo: SAF Replica (2015); © Anton Grassl, Esto
Location: The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Grounds
Information: sarasotaarchitecturalfoundation.org/event-2472959 or 941.364.2199
Boeing Boeing
Sun. Apr. 30
2:00 PM
It's the 1960s and our swingin' bachelor Bernard couldn't be happier juggling three stewardesses in his Paris Flat. His perfect world comes to an end when his friend Robert appears and Boeing creates a new speedier jet. In true classic farce style all three stewardesses come into town simultaneously and Bernard's perfect life gets bumpy in this door-slamming and groovy play based on the 1965 American film starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis.
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494

 

May


Boeing Boeing
Tue. May. 2
7:30 PM
It's the 1960s and our swingin' bachelor Bernard couldn't be happier juggling three stewardesses in his Paris Flat. His perfect world comes to an end when his friend Robert appears and Boeing creates a new speedier jet. In true classic farce style all three stewardesses come into town simultaneously and Bernard's perfect life gets bumpy in this door-slamming and groovy play based on the 1965 American film starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis.
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Boeing Boeing
Wed. May. 3
7:30 PM
It's the 1960s and our swingin' bachelor Bernard couldn't be happier juggling three stewardesses in his Paris Flat. His perfect world comes to an end when his friend Robert appears and Boeing creates a new speedier jet. In true classic farce style all three stewardesses come into town simultaneously and Bernard's perfect life gets bumpy in this door-slamming and groovy play based on the 1965 American film starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis.
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Boeing Boeing
Thu. May. 4
7:30 PM
It's the 1960s and our swingin' bachelor Bernard couldn't be happier juggling three stewardesses in his Paris Flat. His perfect world comes to an end when his friend Robert appears and Boeing creates a new speedier jet. In true classic farce style all three stewardesses come into town simultaneously and Bernard's perfect life gets bumpy in this door-slamming and groovy play based on the 1965 American film starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis.
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Boeing Boeing
Fri. May. 5
7:30 PM
It's the 1960s and our swingin' bachelor Bernard couldn't be happier juggling three stewardesses in his Paris Flat. His perfect world comes to an end when his friend Robert appears and Boeing creates a new speedier jet. In true classic farce style all three stewardesses come into town simultaneously and Bernard's perfect life gets bumpy in this door-slamming and groovy play based on the 1965 American film starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis.
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Boeing Boeing
Sat. May. 6
2:00 PM
It's the 1960s and our swingin' bachelor Bernard couldn't be happier juggling three stewardesses in his Paris Flat. His perfect world comes to an end when his friend Robert appears and Boeing creates a new speedier jet. In true classic farce style all three stewardesses come into town simultaneously and Bernard's perfect life gets bumpy in this door-slamming and groovy play based on the 1965 American film starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis.
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Boeing Boeing
Sat. May. 6
7:30 PM
It's the 1960s and our swingin' bachelor Bernard couldn't be happier juggling three stewardesses in his Paris Flat. His perfect world comes to an end when his friend Robert appears and Boeing creates a new speedier jet. In true classic farce style all three stewardesses come into town simultaneously and Bernard's perfect life gets bumpy in this door-slamming and groovy play based on the 1965 American film starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis.
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Boeing Boeing
Sun. May. 7
2:00 PM
It's the 1960s and our swingin' bachelor Bernard couldn't be happier juggling three stewardesses in his Paris Flat. His perfect world comes to an end when his friend Robert appears and Boeing creates a new speedier jet. In true classic farce style all three stewardesses come into town simultaneously and Bernard's perfect life gets bumpy in this door-slamming and groovy play based on the 1965 American film starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis.
Location: The Players Centre For Performing Arts
Information: www.theplayers.org or 941.365.2494
Exotic Bird Extravaganza
Sun. May. 7
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Vendors will be selling birds, cages, stands, food, toys and more. Admission $4, parking is free. Sponsored by The Florida West Coast Avian Society.
Location: Potter Building at the Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd.
Information: www.fwcas.org
Full Moon Watching Party
Wed. May. 10
7:30 PM
Enjoy a hayride through our Crowley woods and wetlands while learning about our moon. Savor the sun set and enjoy the moon’s beauty as it rises over the Tatum Sawgrass Marsh and Myakka River. We’ll create a group poem then watch silently as our moon climbs higher in the sky. Our background music will be the songs of the night. $15.00 Space is limited. Advance registration is necessary.
Location: Crowley Museum and Nature Center
Information: crowleyfl.org or 941.227.9003
Evolving/Revolving
Thu. May. 11
7:30 PM
Remembering dancers and choreographers who have graced our stage as well as ones that are nationally celebrated, this concert is a mixture of re-staged favorites by Alyson Dolan (recent winner of the Austin Critics Best-Dancer Award), and includes new works by Sarasota’s local Hip-Hop sensation Kris Tetris Powell and former Sarasota Ballet stalwart Sayward Grindley.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts
Information: sarasotacontemporarydance.org or 941.359.0099
Evolving/Revolving
Fri. May. 12
7:30 PM
Remembering dancers and choreographers who have graced our stage as well as ones that are nationally celebrated, this concert is a mixture of re-staged favorites by Alyson Dolan (recent winner of the Austin Critics Best-Dancer Award), and includes new works by Sarasota’s local Hip-Hop sensation Kris Tetris Powell and former Sarasota Ballet stalwart Sayward Grindley.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts
Information: sarasotacontemporarydance.org or 941.359.0099
Sarasota Orchestra - Outdoor Pops: Hits and Homeruns
Fri. May. 12
8:00 PM
Join the Sarasota Orchestra for a fan-friendly outdoor Pops concert at the Baltimore Orioles’ Ed Smith Stadium. Get yourself a hot dog, some popcorn, and sit back to enjoy the Orchestra in the outfield. Winning Pops pieces, vocals by fan favorites and a spectacular fireworks display all contribute to an evening of hits and home runs. Tickets from $15 will be sold by the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium
Location: Ed Smith Stadium
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/pops/outdoor-pops
Got Talent Live at Music Compound
Sat. May. 13
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Congratulations to our 18 finalist and 6 runner ups. Our Music Compound team, staff, judges and sponsors are very proud of all the contestants. Please join us for our LIVE SHOW MAY 13TH at Music Compound. 6:00-6:30 Meet and Greet the Contestants on the Red Carpet. 6:30-7:30 Performances from Finalists 7:45 Winners announced Attire: Red Carpet / Cocktail Hour. No flip flops or shorts.
Location: Music Compound, 1751 Cattlemen Road
Information: www.musiccompound.com or 941.379.9100
Evolving/Revolving
Sat. May. 13
7:30 PM
Remembering dancers and choreographers who have graced our stage as well as ones that are nationally celebrated, this concert is a mixture of re-staged favorites by Alyson Dolan (recent winner of the Austin Critics Best-Dancer Award), and includes new works by Sarasota’s local Hip-Hop sensation Kris Tetris Powell and former Sarasota Ballet stalwart Sayward Grindley.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts
Information: sarasotacontemporarydance.org or 941.359.0099
Sarasota Orchestra - Outdoor Pops: Hits and Homeruns
Sat. May. 13
8:00 PM
Join the Sarasota Orchestra for a fan-friendly outdoor Pops concert at the Baltimore Orioles’ Ed Smith Stadium. Get yourself a hot dog, some popcorn, and sit back to enjoy the Orchestra in the outfield. Winning Pops pieces, vocals by fan favorites and a spectacular fireworks display all contribute to an evening of hits and home runs. Tickets from $15 will be sold by the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium
Location: Ed Smith Stadium
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/pops/outdoor-pops
Evolving/Revolving
Sun. May. 14
2:00 PM
Remembering dancers and choreographers who have graced our stage as well as ones that are nationally celebrated, this concert is a mixture of re-staged favorites by Alyson Dolan (recent winner of the Austin Critics Best-Dancer Award), and includes new works by Sarasota’s local Hip-Hop sensation Kris Tetris Powell and former Sarasota Ballet stalwart Sayward Grindley.
Location: Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts
Information: sarasotacontemporarydance.org or 941.359.0099
In the Palm of Your Hand
Sat. May. 27
10:00 AM
From food to food gathering to housing and hunting…..and more! Come learn new survival information and new skills. Instructor: Riley Winans Cost $15 Space is limited. Advance registration is necessary.
Location: Crowley Museum and Nature Center
Information: crowleyfl.org or 941.227.9003

 

June


Summer Time Concert at Music Compound
Fri. Jun. 9
6:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Join us as our talented students perform summer time songs on stage! Admission is free and open to the public- so invite your friends and family and come on down to Music Compound.
Location: Music Compound, 1751 Cattlemen Road
Information: www.musiccompound.com or 941.370.9100
Annual Summer Movie Night at Music Compound
Fri. Jun. 16
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Bring the whole family and join us for our Annual Summer Movie Night! With a music themed movie and lots of popcorn, it will be a great night of fun and singing at Music Compound! Admission is $5 along with complementary popcorn. Feel free to bring chairs, food, drinks, and blankets!
Location: Music Compound, 1751 Cattlemen Road
Information: www.musiccompound.com or 941.379.9100

 

October


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

 

 

 

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