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"Every female character on stage I have to be able to do on a moment's notice."

- Channing Weir, Actress, Pretty Woman:The Musical.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Augmented Reality Art Tonight at Define Gallery
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Define Art Gallery and Studio celebrates its official grand opening this evening with Art Elevate, a one-night event showcasing work from all 20+ of the gallery’s artists and inviting the town to come meet the artists themselves over drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Further marking the occasion will be the debut of the gallery’s first augmented reality art, with the unveiling of new work by digital fine artist Diana de Avila. The event runs from 6-8pm tonight at Define.

Entitled Toys in the Attic and Hound of Heaven, each bears de Avila’s signature style, dreamy and geometric, the result of the artist wrestling for hours with algorithms and AI, Photoshop and a hundred other applications, trying to make the picture on the screen match some semblance of the image seared onto her brain. As an artist with acquired savant syndrome—the result of a motorcycle accident and an illness years ago—the images appear unbidden and without explanation, replaying in her mind and invading her dreams, eventually leaving de Avila no choice but to exorcise them onto her digital canvas. And for the last three years, augmented reality has played a role in the ritual.

“This was a very persistent idea,” de Avila says of Hound of Heaven. Inspired by the poem by Francis Thompson, a first impression may be of something akin to a self-portrait by the infamous H.A.L. of 2001: A Space Odyssey, with the great red “eye” swimming in a nebular cloud of purples and oranges, framed by sketchlines like schematics. But closer inspection reveals an entire world of intriguing detail and strange markings, delicate color work and digital effects. And at the center of it all, a lone figure. In de Avila’s mind, the figure is at the end of a long journey, having struggled through hardship and shadow. But how to show that on canvas? “The AR experience can mirror that journey,” she says. And by viewing the work through the iPad provided by the gallery, visitors can experience that journey.

Though appearing as a static work of digital art on the wall, both Hound and Toys in the Attic actually contain invisible narratives digitally layered on top of the original image. Shifting colors, smoke effects, music and more come into play, as de Avila turns her images into short thematic or atmospheric animations. And with a special application, Artivive, anyone with a smartphone or a tablet can view the art and watch it come alive on their screen. In a town where digital art is yet to find much of a gallery foothold, de Avila hopes that it just might expand Sarasota’s idea of what art can be and who counts as an artist. “We all work differently,” she says. “I’m just using applications instead of palette knives.”

Art Elevate is tonight at Define Art Gallery and Studio on Palm Avenue from 6-8pm.


Pictured: Hound of Heaven by Diana de Avila.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Local Actress Channing Weir Returns Home in Pretty Woman: The Musical
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

Being a principal understudy for a national tour of a Broadway musical is no easy task. Being a swing, a member of the company who understudies several roles, might be even more difficult. Channing Weir is both. “I’m part of the national tour of Pretty Woman: The Musical and I am a swing and a principal understudy with the show, which means that I cover every single female presenting ensemble member and I am the first understudy for both female leads, Vivian Ward and Kit De Luca,” says Weir. “Every female character on stage I have to be able to do on a moment's notice.”

Weir, a native of the area and graduate of Lakewood Ranch High School, will be performing in the area for the first time since her high school days, where she made her bones performing at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, the Sarasota Players and other venues. “This is my first national tour, but not my first time being a swing,” says Weir. “ I’m kind of a career swing. I’ve done it many, many times. I started swinging back when I was in high school, down in Bradenton and Sarasota as a kid. Fortunately my brain works in the way that works well for being a swing.”

For Weir, not only has the show given her the opportunity to travel across the country and experiment with different roles within the musical, but it’s also given her the chance to be a part of an iconic story. “I’ve been a fan of the film since I first saw it back in highschool. I wasn’t as familiar with the musical, however, I know that the creators of the show and the incredible Broadway team are very iconic and getting to work with them was a big highlight for me,” says Weir. “They did a great job of putting every single iconic moment, scene and piece of dialogue into the show in some way. All of the iconic Vivian costumes are in the show, all the big one liners from Vivian and Kit are there. It’s a really well written way of keeping such a fun classic movie that everyone can quote and bringing it to a new medium of being on stage.”

November 27, 7:30 pm and November 28, 2 pm and 7:30. pm,  777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941-953-3368.  

Pictured: Pretty Woman: The Musical brings a classic story to Sarasota. Photo courtesy of Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

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[Arts & Entertainment]  Sarasota Orchestra Sparkles in December 2023 Concerts

Sarasota Orchestra brings the cheer for a festive end to the year. The 75th Anniversary season celebration continues with a Masterworks program featuring Mozart and Mendelssohn, a holiday-themed Great Escapes, and jubilant programs in the Discoveries and Chamber Soirées series. Masterworks: The Scottish - Violinist Randall Goosby, who has wowed audiences since his debut at age nine, joins conductor Johannes Debus and Sarasota Orchestra in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3. Composed when Mozart was only 19, the work has long been a favorite of both violinists and listeners. Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 evokes the sweeping beauty of the Scottish landscape with swaggering tunes. In an exuberant start to this program, John Corigliano’s playful STOMP features the Orchestra enjoying a “stomping” good time. Johannes Debus is Music Director of Toronto’s Canadian Opera Company. Violinist Randall Goosby was the youngest ever winner of the prestigious Sphinx Concerto Competition. Saturday, December 2, 7:30pm, Sunday, December 3, 2:30pm, Van Wezel. Visit SarasotaOrchestra.org or call the Box Office at (941) 953-3434. Great Escapes: Holiday Party - The holiday season means parties, and Sarasota Orchestra offers one that’s not to be missed. Concertgoers will revel in the sounds of the season with selections from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, as well as favorite holiday songs including “White Christmas” and “Greensleeves.” Conductor Kelly Corcoran makes her Sarasota debut with festive Hanukkah tunes, sleigh rides, and everything needed to brighten that “most wonderful time of the year.” Named “Best Classical Conductor” by the Nashville Scene, Kelly Corcoran is the former Associate Conductor of the Nashville Symphony and founder of the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra. Wednesday, December 6, 5:30pm, Thursday, December 7, 7:30pm, Friday, December 8, 5:30pm, Saturday, December 9, 7:30pm, Sunday, December 10, 4:00pm, Holley Hall. Visit SarasotaOrchestra.org or call the Box Office at (941) 953-3434. Discoveries: Cheers to the Music of Dance - This evening of music inspired by dance will put a spring in the step of any listener. Gluck’s gentle Dance of the Blessed Spirits, Poulenc’s elegant and witty Sinfonietta, and Brahms’ instantly recognizable Hungarian Dance No. 5 will have the audience swaying in their seats, while Johann Strauss Jr.’s waltzes create the atmosphere of a Viennese New Year’s ball. Conductor Yue Bao leads a concert that will keep toes tapping the whole way through. Assistant Conductor with the Houston Symphony, Yue Bao made her subscription series debut on the opening night concert of their 2020-2021 season. December 20, 7:30pm, Sarasota Opera House. Visit SarasotaOrchestra.org or call the Box Office at (941) 953-3434. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  Choral Artists of Sarasota Presents A Christmas Celebration on December 10 at Church of the Redeemer

Choral Artists of Sarasota’s 45th season continues with “A Christmas Celebration!” featuring an evening of holiday harmonies and festive favorites, including African American spirituals. Sunday, December 10, 7 p.m., at Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota. Joining the Choral Artists choir and soloists are Phoebe Powell, the new principal harpist for the Sarasota Orchestra, and Betsy Traba, the principal flutist for Sarasota Orchestra. Tickets are $40, general admission; and $5 for students. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ChoralArtistsSarasota.org or call 941-387-4900.  

[Arts & Entertainment]  M A R A Art Studio + Gallery Opens On Palm Avenue

Artist and gallerist Mara Torres González recently relocated MARA Art Studio + Gallery from the Rosemary District to Palm Avenue—a corridor long known for its prestigious galleries. The gallery is now at 76 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota. For more information, call (941) 914-8110 or visit MaraStudioGallery.com. “Our relocation marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for MARA Art Studio + Gallery,” says Torres González. “We've found an inspiring new location that will allow us to showcase even more remarkable works of art and provide a unique experience for all of our visitors.” She adds that she has been “diligently curating a select group of artists and a collection of works that will be exclusive to this gallery.” Torres also thanks those who “have been eagerly awaiting our return; we can't thank you enough for your patience and unwavering support during our relocation process. Your support has been the driving force behind our determination to create an even more immersive and enriching experience for all art lovers. We can't wait to welcome you back and share the love for art in our beautiful new space on Palm Avenue.” 

Pictured: Mara Torres González. Photo by Jola Bremer for Evoke Headshot Studio.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents The Queen's Six on December 17

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota is thrilled to present The Queen’s Six on December 17, 2:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Sarasota. Direct from Windsor Castle where they perform chapel choir duties and sing regularly for the royal family, this program includes austere early chant, florid Renaissance polyphony, bawdy madrigals, haunting folk songs, upbeat jazz and pop arrangements, and seasonal favorites in the incomparable British tradition. A meet and greet with the musicians will follow the concert. For tickets and more information, visit ArtistSeriesConcerts.org or call (941) 306-1202. The Queen's Six was established in 2008, the 450th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth I, from whom they take their name. Based at Windsor Castle, members of The Queen's Six make up part of the lay clerks of St. George's Chapel, whose homes lie within the castle walls. The chapel choir, which consists of girl and boy choristers and 12 professional adult singers, performs some eight services a week, as well as at private and state occasions, often before the royal family. In 2018, group members' duties with the chapel choir included singing for the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle, now The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. In 2021, three members of the group sang at the funeral of HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. In 2022-2023, members of the group sang at the funeral services for Queen Elizabeth II, appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and CBS Sunday Morning, and were featured in People Magazine. The Queen’s Six members Elisabeth Paul, Tom Lilburn, Nicholas Madden, Dominic Bland, Greg Skidmore, and Simon Whiteley have come together to bring their unique style of entertainment to a much wider audience. The Queen's Six has sung at a number of prestigious festivals and venues, including the MET Cloisters in New York City, the Salzburg Bachgesellschaft, the Bermuda Festival, Bayreuth's Margravial Opera House, and St Louis Cathedral Basilica. For tickets and more information, visit ArtistSeriesConcerts.org or call (941) 306-1202. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  The Sarasota Players Gets Holly, Jolly with A Tuna Christmas

The Sarasota Players rings in the holiday season with the hysterical sequel to the popular comedy, Greater Tuna, with A Tuna Christmas running Nov. 29 through Dec. 17 at The Crossings at Siesta key (3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34239). The play is both an affectionate commentary and withering satire of small-town Southern life and attitudes and is sure to strike a chord with any theatre-goer. Three local actors will take on the challenge of transforming into over 20 different characters throughout the show. This includes costume changes, wigs, accents, and voices, it’s an actor’s marathon and our local performers are more than up to the challenge under the direction of Kathy Junkins with support from stage manager Michelle Martin. The costume shop, under the leadership of Georgina Willmott with assistance from David Walker, has been putting together the clothing pieces, some of which need to be rigged for quick changes. Our local production team is all hands on deck for this holiday spectacular.

The Sarasota Players, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 1130, Sarasota, FL 34239, 941-365-2494, www.theplayers.org. 

Pictured: Pink shirt-David Russell, flower shirt-James McNally, red baseball cap-Josh Brin .

[SRQIST]  Olympic Gymnastics Finds a New Home
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

OLYMPIC GYMNASTICS FINDS A NEW HOME | Former Olympian Sam Mikulak has signed on to coach at EVO Gymnastics, the new Olympic training center in Sarasota, November 2023. 

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[SOON]  THEATER: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe opens its 24th Season , October 11 – November 19, n/a

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is thrilled to open its 24th theatre season with "Once On This Island," a Tony Award-winning musical set on a Caribbean island and featuring Afro-Caribbean rhythms and instruments and spectacular costumes. The show tells the coming-of-age story of a peasant girl searching for love and her place in the world, while dealing with complicated social issues of race, class and affairs of the heart. The production runs from October 11 through November 19; individual tickets are on sale. For more information, visit westcoastblacktheatre.com.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Wellen Park Fall Music Series , October 25 – December 16, 6-10pm

Wellen Park is hosting a variety of musical genres and musicians throughout each week. Wellen Wednesdays and Thursday Tunes will feature various local bands every week under the Heritage Tree from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday Night Live will host a live band on the Solis Hall stage overlooking the Great Lawn from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday Sounds will feature music on the first, second and fourth Saturday of the month under the Heritage Tree from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday Groove will feature music under Heritage Tree from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors are invited to bask in the captivating scenery and waterfront vibe by bringing their own lawn chairs or blankets for maximum comfort. These upcoming musical gatherings offer an open-door policy, requiring no prior RSVP for attendance. Guests can participate in Wellen Park’s Sip and Stroll program by purchasing to-go alcoholic beverages from Downtown Wellen food and beverage merchants. For more information, visit wellenpark.com.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Clyde Butcher: Nature Through the Lens , November 11 – August 31, N/a

Clyde Butcher: Nature Through the Lens will be on view through August 31, 2024 at the Historic Spanish Point campus. Selby Gardens is excited to present the extraordinary imagery of photographer and conservationist Clyde Butcher throughout the grounds of the Historic Spanish Point campus. Large-scale prints on aluminum of Butcher’s beautiful photographs of plants, animals, and habitats of Florida will be exhibited amid the natural landscape of the 30-acre waterfront preserve, enabling the public to engage with the artist’s work like never before. In the tradition of earlier landscape photographers like Ansel Adams, Butcher captures the beauty and majesty of America’s natural treasures in dramatic black and white. The unique environments of Florida have been subjects of particular interest to Butcher since the 1980s, when he was first introduced to the magic and mystery of sites such as Big Cypress National Preserve and Everglades National Park. Nature Through the Lens will include Butcher’s photographs of regional locales such as Myakka River State Park and Casey Key. This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Clyde Butcher Gallery & Studio in Venice, Florida. For more information, visit selby.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Venice Symphony presents A Symphonic Fantastic! , November 17 – November 18, 3:30pm-7:30pm

The Venice Symphony presents A Symphony Fantastic! November 17, 2023, at 7:30 pm and November 18, 2023, at 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm. The Symphony’s 50th anniversary season premieres with A Symphony Fantastic! Troy Quinn and the symphony welcome L.A. Philharmonic Principal Horn Andrew Bain for a concert that includes Symphony Fantastique by Hector Berlioz and Concerto for Horn and String Orchestra by Eric Ewazen. For more information, visit thevenicesymphony.org.

[SOON]  SPORTS: All-American Women's Baseball Classic Tournament , November 17 – November 19

Get ready for an unforgettable three-day baseball extravaganza as the second annual All-American Women's Baseball Classic tournament descends upon Ed Smith Stadium, spring training home of the 2023 AL East Champion Baltimore Orioles. Hosted by American Girls Baseball, an affiliate organization of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Players Association, and Visit Sarasota County, this event promises to deliver non-stop action, fierce competition, and unforgettable moments on the diamond. From November 17th to 19th, witness the nation's top women's baseball players as they showcase their skills, athleticism, and determination in a series of thrilling games. The All-American Womens Baseball Classic is the epitome of sheer joy and excitement that only women's baseball can provide. To purchase tickets, visit mlb.com/orioles/spring-training/all-american-womens-baseball-classic.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: A Brave New Wonderland , November 18 – December 31, Various times

Hometown hero and international superstar Nik Wallenda is collaborating with the Circus Arts Conservatory (CAC) to bring an extraordinary holiday spectacle, A Brave New Wonderland, to the CAC’s Holiday-Themed Big Top in the East District at UTC. The show, with 45 performances through December 31, promises a blend of thrilling circus acts, mesmerizing aerial performances, and uplifting holiday storytelling, curated and produced under the creative eye of the King of the High Wire, Wallenda himself, along with his world record-holding wife, Erendira Wallenda. Through breathtaking performances by artists from diverse backgrounds, captivating narratives, and the shared spirit of Wallenda’s personal tagline, Never Give Up! Brave New Wonderland seeks to plant a seed of unity in the hearts of its audience. It's a show where the magic of the season is not just about traditions and celebrations but also about embracing our differences and finding strength in diversity. For more information, visit circusarts.org.

[SOON]  FOOD: Boo's Ice House Barksgiving , November 18, 2-9pm

Happy Barksgiving! Bust out your stretchiest, comfiest pants on November 18th from 2-9pm! Boo's will have Turkey Dinner options for both hoomans and 4-leggeds! Leslie Patterson from Coastal Paws LLC will be offering doggy baths & nail trims. We invite you to add a paw to our Thankful Wall and enjoy the sounds of the Sabrina McClenithan. Tickets aren't needed, but they help us know how much food to prepare, so we prefer you RSVP. $15.99 Hooman plate: Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, steamed veg, and gravy. $9.99 Dog plate: Turkey, mashed potatoes, rice, beef broth. For more information or to RSVP, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/barksgiving-tickets-750018715167

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Limelight Market , November 18, 10am-3pm

This Saturday, Nov 18 from 10-3 the Spotlight is on Limelight Market! This fun, pop up market happens in the courtyard of The Bazaar on Apricot and Lime with rescue dogs, unique guest vendors, food, and live music by Sabrina. Check out the 40+ local creators and curators inside. Great way to support local! Free, until you buy something amazing!
Sarasota Street Talk, a popular podcast with Mark Klecka and Scott Malouf, will be recording and broadcasting live. For more information visit BazaaronApricotandlime.com Located at 821 Apricot Ave in Sarasota.

[SOON]  FOOD: Thanksgiving at Duval's , November 23, 11am-8pm

Duvals Fresh. Local. Seafood. is offering a Thanksgiving meal on November 23rd from 11am-8pm. The menu includes turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, Chefs Signature stuffing, green beans and carrots, sweet potato casserole, and cranberry sauce. The meal is served with a house salad, cornbread, rolls, and a choice of pumpkin or key lime pie for $49 per person. A children’s portion is available for $29 for children under 12. The Thanksgiving menu is the exclusive menu at Duval’s for the day meaning their regular menu will not be available. For guests who would like something different, Duval’s offers three other options on Thanksgiving: Pan-Roasted Gulf Fish, Loaded Seafood Alfredo, or a Grilled 6oz Filet. Reservations are limited, visit duvalsfreshlocalseafood.com.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Rumours of Fleetwood Mac at Van Wezel , November 25, 8pm

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is excited to welcome Rumours of Fleetwood Mac to Sarasota on Saturday, November 25, 2023 at 8pm. Tickets are on sale now. Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, the world’s finest tribute to Fleetwood Mac, returns to the stage in 2023 celebrating the very best of Fleetwood Mac. Channeling the spirit of Fleetwood Mac at their very best, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac offers a unique opportunity for fans, both old and new, to rediscover the songs and performances that have ensured Fleetwood Mac’s place as one of the most loved groups of all time. Personally endorsed by Fleetwood Mac founding member Mick Fleetwood, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac is the ultimate tribute to one of rock and roll’s most remarkable groups. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased at www.VanWezel.org, by calling the box office at 941-263-6799 or by visiting the box office Monday through Friday between 10am and 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Groups of 10 or more should contact 941-263-6726.

[SOON]  THEATER: Deck the Halls Returns to Florida Studio Theatre , November 25 – December 24, 10am and 12pm

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is excited to bring children and their families the magic of the holiday season with the latest iteration of Deck the Halls. This interactive family-friendly, music-filled show celebrates everything that makes the holidays in Sarasota special. Since Deck the Halls was first produced in 2016, the show has become a holiday tradition for many families on the Suncoast. This year, the festivities return with all-new sketches, all-new songs, and all-new memories ready for the making. Created by Caroline Saldivar and Sarah Durham with additional material by Dellan Short and Jeremy Weinstein, Deck the Halls plays select Saturdays and Sundays with showtimes starting at 10am and 12pm in FST’s Keating Theatre. For more information, visit FloridaStudioTheatre.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Johnny Cash: The Official Concert Experience , November 26, 7pm

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is excited to bring Johnny Cash: The Official Concert Experience to Sarasota on Sunday, November 26, 2023 at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now. The music never stops in Johnny Cash – The Official Concert Experience. Produced in collaboration with the Estate of Johnny Cash, this multi-media celebration is like nothing you’ve seen before. Using state-of-the-art technology, Johnny Cash’s rich, iconic baritone has been lifted from archival concert footage and recordings, enabling the “Man in Black'' to perform his biggest hits – “I Walk the Line,” “Ring of Fire” – with a live band again! In addition to never-before-seen footage and on-screen narration by Cash’s only son, John Carter Cash, male and female vocalists will split singing duties to perform even more Cash hits, as well as tunes by artists of the time including The Statler Brothers, Carl Perkins and June Carter Cash. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased at www.VanWezel.org, by calling the box office at 941-263-6799 or by visiting the box office Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Groups of 10 or more should contact 941-263-6726.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Presents Joyful! Joyful! , November 29 – November 30

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is gearing up for the holidays, ready to celebrate the season with its holiday production and Christmas card to the community, Joyful! Joyful! Theater fans of all ages and religious backgrounds are invited to celebrate the season with high-spirited, uplifting songs as only WBTT’s singers, dancers and musicians can perform them. The show runs from November 29-December 30, 2023. The original musical revue – created, adapted and directed by WBTT Founder/Artistic Director Nate Jacobs and performed for the first time in 2021-features a blend of new takes on traditional holiday tunes, gospel-infused classics and pop songs. The show will include Joy to the World, an O’Jays-inspired take on Carol of the Bells, a gospel-infused rendition of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus, African Drummer Boy and many more. For more information, visit westcoastblacktheatre.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel Presents The Concert, A Tribute to ABBA , May 4, 8pm

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is excited to welcome The Concert, A Tribute to ABBA to Sarasota on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 8 p.m. The Concert: A Tribute To ABBA continues to be the top ABBA tribute group in the world, dazzling all who see with their fantastic performance while playing the most iconic hits from ABBA, including Mamma Mia, S.O.S, Money, Money, Money, The Winner Takes All, Waterloo, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, and Dancing Queen. Tickets are $30-$75 and can be purchased at www.VanWezel.org, by calling the box office at 941-263-6799 or by visiting the box office Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Groups of 10 or more should contact 941-263-6726. Pre-show dining is available through Mattisons at the Van Wezel which is located inside the theatre. Reservations can be made on VanWezel.org or through the box office.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Take it to the Limit at Florida Studio Theatre , November 29 – November 30

Florida Studio Theatre presents Take it to the Limit, a high-energy tribute to the rebel musicians of the 1970s who helped bring Rock and Roll back to its Southern roots. Created by Richard Hopkins, Rebecca Hopkins, and Sarah Durham with Musical Arrangements by Jim Prosser, this all-new Cabaret features such songs as When Will I Be Loved, Ramblin Man, Landslide, and Hotel California. Take it to the Limit begins playing November 29 in FSTs Goldstein Cabaret. Tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941-366-9000.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Rick Springfield Returns to The Van Wezel , March 13, 7:30pm

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is excited to welcome Rick Springfield back to Sarasota on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $40 and can be purchased at VanWezel.org, by calling the box office at 941-263-6799 or by visiting the box office Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Groups of 10 or more should contact 941-263-6726.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Yayoi Kusama: A Letter to Georgia O Keeffe at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens , February 11 – June 30, n/a

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens will present Yayoi Kusama: A Letter to Georgia O Keeffe as the eighth iteration of its annual Jean and Alfred Goldstein Exhibition, which examines the work of major artists through the lens of their connection to nature. The exhibition, which will be on view from February 11 through June 30, 2024, at Selby Gardens Downtown Sarasota campus, will explore the unexpected yet profoundly impactful mentoring relationship that developed between iconic artists Yayoi Kusama and Georgia O Keeffe. The theme of the upcoming Goldstein Exhibition is the latest announcement of programming planned for Selby Gardens 50th anniversary season. For more information, visit selby.org.

[SOON]  FOOD: Forks and Corks Food and Wine Festival , January 25 – January 29, Various times
The 2024 Forks and Corks Food and Wine Festival, hosted by the Sarasota Manatee Originals, will take place January 25 to 29. Grand Tasting tickets go on sale in October. A full five day slate of food and wine themed fun is planned, including the University Master Classes, wine dinners at area restaurants, wine shop tasting events, a trade tasting and the much anticipated Grand Tasting at The Ringling Museum of Art. Due to the unprecedented demand for tickets, ticket sales for The Grand Tasting launch on two consecutive Tuesdays: On October 10 at 9 a.m. there is a presale of the VIP and Early Access tickets and on October 17 at 7 p.m. General Admission tickets will be available and historically have sold out in a matter of minutes. All Forks and Corks Grand Tasting tickets will be available online only. For more information, please visit www.eatlikealocal.com.

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