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SRQ DAILY May 17, 2024

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"The creation of this show is a lot of work, but I have such an amazing team here that's able to help me."

- Charlie "CJ" Melton, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Young Artist Program.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Creative Kids Brings Youth Art Show to Palm Avenue
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

The youngest artists in Sarasota make their gallery debut this Saturday with the Youth Art Show at Palm Avenue Fine Art. Organized by Creative Kids of SRQ, a nonprofit dedicated to encouraging youth engagement with the arts, this one-weekend exhibition celebrates local artists as young as five years old, giving them and their art the professional gallery experience, while driving support for the local arts education programs that inspired them. It’s the opening salvo in a larger mission, according to Tom Murray, a board member with Creative Kids, to make the self-proclaimed Cultural Capital of Florida live up to its name by supporting artists of the next generation.

“It’s all about creating opportunities for children and art to get together,” Murray says. “If folks come to the show and see these kids, they’ll see the pride, the self-esteem, and the satisfaction that radiates from their smiles, and they’ll know exactly where we’re going with Creative Kids of SRQ.”

The show begins at 11am this Saturday with an artist reception in the gallery, where many of the artists are expected in attendance. The exhibition will feature near 100 pieces of art, ranging from watercolor and scratchboard to ceramics and even stained glass, and will unite young artists from arts education organizations in the area, such as Children’s Art Classes of Lakewood Ranch and Lina Rincon Art Gallery & Studio.

Work will be for sale according to the artist’s discretion, Murray says, with prices ranging up to $100 and all proceeds going towards the artist. “It’s all about supporting the kids,” he says. “And that’ll probably be the best $100 anybody ever spends turning a kid onto something so pure and great.”

A single exhibition is just the tip of the iceberg, however, according to Murray, and prelude to even bigger plans for next year—if Creative Kids of SRQ can get the community support it needs. Already lining up one major sponsor, the nonprofit is looking to organize even more events next year, including a youth art festival that could feature as many as 1,000 local artists and expand involvement into the public school system. Those looking to learn more or get involved with Creative Kids of SRQ are invited to attend an open event after the Youth Art Show, from 5pm to 7pm, to learn more about the initiative and meet with community partners.

“These youth are the future of fine arts,” Murray says, “if we give them the opportunity.”

The Youth Art Show opens this Saturday at Palm Avenue Fine Art, with an opening reception from 11am to 5pm, followed by a presentation by Creative Kids of SRQ.

Palm Avenue Fine Art, 10 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236. 

Pictured: The Youth Art Show features scratchboard portraits and more by budding local artists. Photo courtesy of Creative Kids of SRQ.

[Arts & Entertainment]  CJ Melton Shines in WBTT's Young Artist Showcase
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

This weekend, head over to Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s Donnelly Theatre for a one of a kind performance starring one of the area’s prominent up and coming vocalists. I Sing Because I’m Happy; I Sing Because I’m Free will star Charlie “CJ” Melton in the organization’s final Young Artist Program showcase of the season.

WBTT’s Young Artist Program, currently in its 11th year, is an initiative dedicated to the development and ultimately showcasing the talents of young, budding artists of color. Through the program, artists like Melton are mentored by WBTT’s production staff, including Founder and Artistic Director Nate Jacobs, so that they can develop the skills necessary to develop and present their own original production. These showcases, of which there are only three a year, serve as a launching pad for these young artists as they blossom into their professional careers.

I Sing, is a self-produced, solo show from Melton that will feature him singing some of his favorite songs from the Gospel and R&B catalog, with numbers like I’m Blessed by Charlie Wilson, So Amazing by Luther Vandross, Shackles by Mary Mary and more. While Melton will have on stage support from a few fellow WBTT artists, the show is his own and a true reflection of who he is as an artist. “I grew up singing Gospel music, building my singing career by performing at local churches,” says Melton. “Now, I’m able to travel and give that same energy at a more mature level. The sound and feeling of Gospel music just touches me.”

While I Sing is Melton’s first solo show, the talented vocalist, songwriter and aspiring actor is no stranger to WBTT’s stage. Melton, who is also a full-time certified preschool teacher, first worked with WBTT in 2014 and has been a part of several mainstage productions ever since. “I think it’s awesome to be able to express myself through my gift, my talent of singing and give the audience everything I have. To give them something to feel and love and walk away feeling encouraged,” says Melton. “The creation of this show is a lot of work, but I have such an amazing team here that’s able to help me. With Mr. Jacobs’ mentorship, I’ve learned that there’s nothing I can’t do.”

May 19 at 7:30 pm, The Donelly Theatre at WBTT, 1012 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota.


Picutred: Young artist Charlie CJ Melton will present his Young Artist Program showcase I Sing Because I'm Happy; I Sing Because I'm Free on Sunday, May 19 at WBTT. Photo by Sorcha Augustine.

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[Arts & Entertainment]  Bards By the Bay Brings Poetry to Bayfront Park
Eliana Burns, Eliana@srqme.com

Bards By the Bay has their finger pressed against the temple of Sarasota’s pulsing poetry scene. Every second and fourth Thursday you can find local poets and “professional listeners” dwelling by the bay’s edge in Bayfront Park. In the summer of last year, Frank “Bubba” Henson and Tanya Young began Bards By the Bay. As poets themselves, they craved to build a community that seeped the same undeniable passion.

“Sarasota has a really, sort of, deep poetic tradition of poetry,” says Henson. “What we try to do is to invite everyone, whether you’re a new writer or whether you’re a seasoned writer.”

All good things begin with music, and Bards By the Bay is no exception. Dwelling under the arms of a Banyan tree, local songwriter and musician, Rick Mantis, opened the last session with a heartfelt original song, accompanied by his acoustic guitar. Following Mantis, a portable microphone was passed like a torch around a campfire, prompting prose and poetry out of all who held it.

“What we do at Bards is different,” says Henson, “and you’ll see this, we try to do just good life-talk. Whereas someone may read a poem at another event, they’ll read their poem and maybe not talk about it. Here, they read a poem and then the group will ask questions about it, and the person might talk about it.”

Henson elaborates, considering how Bards by the Bay differs from other poetry groups. “Since I moderate, sometimes I won’t even read a poem, I’ll just talk about what’s on my mind as it relates to poetry or something like that.” Henson mentions what he calls, “professional listeners- people who don’t read poetry yet enjoy the open dialogue. “It’s real talk, about real issues. Not even necessarily about politics or any of that kind of stuff, but more of what life is really about. There’s a broad range of people with experience here, both academic and literary, so when someone shares, our first response is to always be encouraging.”

“Bards By the Bay is so rewarding. See, the nice thing about these local poetry groups, you tend to discuss in between. Sometimes Bubba wants us to read something twice to get the whole impact," says long-time poet Lois Betterton. “Tanya is an extraordinarily talented writer, she’s an animated reader, she has characters that she constantly brings up in her poetry—you get to know her through her characters, and Bubba is just a genius.”  

Pictured: Event coordinators Bubba Henson and Tanya Young (left) sharing a laugh with a participant during a poetry discussion. Photo by Eliana Burns.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Save the Dates for the 2024 Artful Lobster and 2025 Hermitage Greenfield Prize Dinner

The Hermitage Artist Retreat (Sarasota County, Florida) announced today that its annual Artful Lobster benefit will be held on Saturday, November 9th, 2024, from 11:30am to 2pm. Now in its 16th year, this signature outdoor event raises valuable funds for the Hermitage’s renowned artist residency program. The Artful Lobster is the only Hermitage benefit to take place on the grounds of the historic Gulf front campus – outdoors beneath a large tent – located at 6660 Manasota Key Road in Englewood. Michael’s On East offers a delicious lobster feast, with performances from award-winning Hermitage Fellows. Past artists who have shared their talents at this popular event include acclaimed string quartet ETHEL, celebrated musical theater composer Adam Gwon, internationally renowned flutist Claire Chase, accomplished violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain and more. The 17th annual Hermitage Greenfield Prize Dinner will be held on Sunday, April 6th, 2025, starting at 6pm at Michael’s On East in Sarasota. This elegant annual dinner heralds the jury-selected recipient of this prestigious prize, which will be awarded this season in the discipline of music. The Hermitage Greenfield Prize (HGP) is a distinguished national commission awarded by the Hermitage Artist Retreat in partnership with the Philadelphia-based Greenfield Foundation; the $35,000 award rotates annually among music, theater, and visual art. The 2025 HGP winner’s newly commissioned work will have its first public presentation in Sarasota in the spring of 2027. Past performers at this event have included Tony Award-winning Hermitage Fellows Gavin Creel and Rachel Bay Jones, Tony Award nominee Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer, renowned classical musicians, and more. Sponsorship information and additional details for both events will be announced at a later date. For early sponsorship inquiries, call (941) 475-2098, Ext. 2. 

Photo courtesy of The Hermitage Artist Retreat.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Bluestar Blues Band, Saturday May 18

Get ready to groove to the authentic sounds of the Bluestar Blues Band! If you're a fan of the legendary Muddy Waters and Howlin Wolf, then you don't want to miss this live performance on the outside stage at The Bazaar Saturday, May 18 from 5:30 - 8:30pm. The Bazaar shops will be open until 7pm. Hamlet’s Eatery will open for dinner and drinks at 5pm. The Bluestar Band is a powerhouse of talent, featuring five incredible musicians who are passionate about delivering the real deal blues experience. Lead guitarist and singer Kevin O’Connor, who has opened for the iconic Buddy Guy, will captivate you with his soulful melodies. And don't miss the sultry sounds of The Velvet Hammer Beth, who also hosts her own Blues Radio Show on WSLR. Carolyn Davis will be tickling the keys and singing some of your favorites. The band's newest addition, saxophonist Michael Pawlus, brings his incredible skills to the mix, while drummer Vinny Vingelli sets the rhythm that will get your feet tapping. Come for dinner and dance the night away! There is plenty of seating and loads of room for dancing. No Cover Charge.

821 Apricot Ave in Sarasota. For more information call 941-445-1938 or visit www.HamletsEatery.com. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  CreArte Latino Cultural Center Presents VOCES de la Maternidad

Angélica Castro and Marcela Vanegas, two accomplished performers, writers and directors, are unveiling their latest directorial endeavor, "VOCES de la Maternidad (Voices of Motherhood)," a poignant exploration of motherhood within the Latino community in Sarasota and Manatee counties. The performance, presented by CreArteLatino, consists of dramatic readings of narratives collected from conversations with community members, brought to life by an ensemble of actors. Following each performance, engaging discussions will be facilitated, involving the audience, directors, storytellers, and actors. “VOCES de la Maternidad” is May 30-June 1, 8 p.m., and June 2, 5 p.m., at the Manatee Performing Arts Center in the Bradenton Kiwanis Theater, 502 Third Avenue West, Bradenton. Audience members must be 17+. Tickets are $22. To purchase tickets, visit CreArteLatino.org.  

Pictured: Marcela Vanegas and Angelica Castro. Courtesy of CreArteLatino.

[Health ]  Jazzercise Lakewood Ranch Holds Free Event May 19

Jazzercise Lakewood Ranch is so proud to be partnering with the Walk to End Alzheimer’s sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association/Florida Gulf Coast Chapter! "Not only are we hosting our own team to participate in the walk on November 2, 2024 (with a warm-up led by our instructor team), but we are planning a big kick-off event at our studio on Saturday May 18th!  Come join our FREE class at 9:30, donations are welcome, it is open to the public.  Wear purple and enjoy some mood boosting, brain activating, sweaty fun," says Shari Nastri, Owner/Lead Instructor at Jazzercise Lakewood Ranch. "Did you know that engaging in regular exercise is important to your brain health?" Jazzercise is an amazing way to commit to building more movement into your day.  Every attendee is entered to win fabulous door prizes generously donated by Lavender Moon Aesthetics. The foundation will have an info table about their important services and resources for caregivers. The studio is located at 9009 Town Center Parkway, Lakewood Ranch (right off University). Pre-registration not required. Just plan to arrive a few minutes in early. FAny questions, please contact  jazzerciselwr@gmail.com.  

[]  A Tribute in Leaf & Stem
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

A TRIBUTE IN LEAF & STEM | Celebrating Yayoi Kusama and Georgia O'Keeffe at Selby Gardens, May/June 2024. 

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[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Fresh Harvest Farmers Market at Wellen Park , June 25 – December 29, 9 am to 1 pm

Visit Fresh Harvest, the newly launched weekly farmers market in Downtown Wellen. Fresh Harvest offers a selection of local goods from nearly 40 local vendors. Fresh Harvest takes place every Sunday in Downtown Wellen from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees can peruse different vendor booths and stock up on a variety of goods. Vendors will offer a wide variety of locally grown and produced food, including herbs, spices, cut flowers, teas, canned and preserved fruits and vegetables, syrups, baked goods, pickled foods, fresh seafood, meats, poultry, eggs, milk and prepared food and beverages. A limited selection of craft vendors also participate in the farmers market. For a listing of participating vendors and more information on Fresh Harvest Farmers Market, visit wellenpark.com/events/fresh-harvest-farmers-market. Downtown Wellen, 19745 Wellen Park Blvd., Venice.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sights and Sounds at Waterside Place , July 28 – May 31, 6 to 9 p.m.

Head out to Waterside Place for a rocking evening as part of the Lakewood Ranch Sights and Sounds Program. Enjoy a live concert in partnership with Easterseals and EveryoneRocks, featuring artists who are rocking their spectrum. This event is free and open to the public; there is limited seating at the Plaza, but attendees are welcome to bring their own seats. Food and beverages will be available from numerous Waterside Place merchants. For more information on shows, dates, and times, visit lakewoodranch.com/sights-sounds/. Waterside Place, 1560 Lakefront Dr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Lets Connect at Oscura in Old Manatee , August 31 – December 26, 8:30-10am

Connect with local business owners at every Thursday at Oscura. Lets Connect is a community of collaborative business professionals from the Manatee and Sarasota County areas. RSVP on Eventbrite to attend, admission is free.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Collaborative Coworking Meetup at UTC , September 1 – December 27, 11am-4pm

Attention all business professionals, join us for a productive and inspiring coworking event at Panera Bread at the UTC Mall every Friday. Take advantage of this opportunity to network and collaborate with fellow professionals in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Limited spots available, so register now on Eventbrite. Panera Bread, 215 N. Cattlemen Road, Sarasota.

[SOON]  FOOD: Siesta Key Rum Distillery Tours , September 2 – September 30, Various times

Siesta Key Rum runs free year-round tours for guests to learn the story of the craft distillery, the awards they have won and the secret to how they make their rums taste so good. During our 30-45 minute tour we will discuss the following topics: history of Siesta Key Rum, an overview of the awards our small company has won, what makes our rums taste so good, the rum-making process from mashing and fermentation to distillation, barrel aging and bottling of our rums. After the tour, we welcome you to sample a freshly made Siesta Key Rum cocktail, stock up on your favorite rums and browse our gift shop. 2212 Industrial Blvd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  FOOD: Farmers Market at Lakewood Ranch , September 3 – September 30, 10am-2pm

Experience some of the best food and flavors of the region with more than 100, and still growing, curated vendors. The Farmers Market at Lakewood Ranch has fast become a favorite weekly tradition for people from all over the region seeking farm-fresh produce, delicious prepared foods, and specialty items and gifts. Aside from all the goodies you can shop at the Farmers Market, find your flow in a free yoga class or have the kiddos get creative during weekly-hosted workshops. 1561 Lakefront Dr., Lakewood Ranch.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Bradenton Market Returns , October 7 – May 25, 9am-2pm

Realize Bradenton is happy to announce the return of the Bradenton Market to its weekly schedule. This beloved community gathering will be held Saturdays through May 25, 2024 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm on Old Main Street in Bradenton. Founded in 1979, the Market has expanded to include more than 90 local vendors. In addition to the weekly shopping and music, the Market hosts special event days throughout the season. Halloween at the Market will be held on Saturday, October 28. This family-friendly event includes trick or treating with vendors, face painting with Manatee School for the Arts Academic Team from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, and a dance performance by Slick Motion Studios at 10:00 am. For more information, visit RealizeBradenton.com.

[SOON]  FOOD: A Taste of Art , February 1 – January 31, 5:30-8pm
Longtime friends Chef Charles Amherst of Chaz 51 Steakhouse in Venice and Barbara Gerdeman, co-founder of Creative Liberties Artist Studios in Sarasota, have joined forces to create a series of interactive live art dinner showcases called A Taste of Art. The first of these events takes place Thursday, February 1, 5:30-8 p.m., at Chaz 51 Steakhouse, 549 US 41 Bypass N, Venice. The events will continue on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings. Guests who visit Chaz 51 on these evenings will be able to witness the creation of captivating works of art in real-time. To make a reservation, call Chaz 51 Steakhouse at 941-484-6200. To find out which artists are scheduled for February, check out the calendar at CreativeLiberties.net.
[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]  MUSEUM: Free Second Sundays , March 10 – December 8, 11am-5pm
Enjoy a day of art and family fun at Sarasota Art Museum. On the second Sunday of each month, we offer free admission for visitors, special performances, and art-making activities for the whole family. To learn more, visit sarasotaartmuseum.org.
[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Family Saturdays , March 23 – May 25, 10am-12pm
Kids and kids at heart can enjoy fun art and nature activities on Saturday mornings, at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens on March 23, April 27, and May 25. Activities will run from 10 a.m. to noon each day, and participation is included in admission to the Gardens, which is always free for Selby Gardens members. These Family Saturdays celebrate the current exhibition on view, Yayoi Kusama: A Letter to Georgia OKeeffe. Several activity stations with different art-focused projects will be set up in the Ann Goldstein Childrens Rainforest Garden during each monthly event. The goal is to invite kids of all ages to explore the artwork of Yayoi Kusama and Georgia OKeeffe through activities that also connect them to the natural environment. Admission to Selby Gardens Downtown Sarasota campus is $26 for adults, $11 for ages 5 to 17, and free for children 4 and under. Tickets may be purchased online in advance at selby.org. Selby Gardens members always receive complimentary admission as well as discounts for guests. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit selby.org.
[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Mystery Reef , April 2 – June 30, Various times
Get ready to use your brain coral and start Kraken the case at the new Mystery Reef exhibit Mote Aquarium. Coral reefs, the rainforests of the sea, are in serious danger. Help us find out what is hurting the corals and how we can help. Become a coral detective and uncover clues throughout Mystery Reef while learning about real coral science and restoration at Mote Marine Laboratory. For more information: mote.org/mystery.
[SOON]  BUSINESS: Sarasota County Connect Business Networking and Panel Discussion , May 9 – July 11, 5:30-8pm

Offered in conjunction with 26 West, the State College of Florida Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation, the monthly Sarasota County Connect Business Networking and Panel Discussion series held through July is for those interested in entrepreneurialism. The program taps into the fast-growing small business climate. Upcoming sessions include: the May 9 workshop with Zeev Wexler, a digital industry leader, marketing automation disrupter and the CEO of a growing marketing firm, who will present on brand-boosting with AI, the June 13 session which features Problem-Solving for Entrepreneurs by Stephen Diasio, a podcaster and professor of entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of South Florida, and July 11 Business IDEA Lab, community forum moderated by Chris Williams, managing director of a Sarasota digital marketing firm, offers an opportunity for participants to share business ideas and gain expert feedback. Sarasota County Connect events run from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and are free with advanced registration required at 26west.scf.edu/sarasotaconnect.

[SOON]  GALLERY: The Petticoat Painters , May 3 – June 1, Various times

Check out The Petticoat Painters, an exhibition of female artists, at SPAACES. The exhibition runs from May 3 through June 1, with an opening reception on Friday, May 3 from 6-8pm. The Petticoat Painters is one of the oldest continuously exhibiting art groups of women in the U.S. This group was formed in 1953 to showcase the talents of female artists at a time when women had difficulty finding venues to show their work. Seven women participated in the first show held at a local Sarasota, Florida gallery. These original members selected the name Petticoat Painters, thinking it would be a one-time show of their work. The name continues to be used both in honor of the founders and to retain its historical signature. While we revere our history, each generation of members evolves its own identity framed by contemporary thinking. As we continue to engage new members, we actively move into the 21st Century in concert with the dynamic metamorphosis in art philosophy and aesthetics. Learn more at Petticoatpainters.com. SPAACES Art Gallery, 2051 Princeton Street, Sarasota.

[SOON]  FOOD: Geckos Grill and Pubs New Summer Menu , May 13 – July 31, 11am

NEW!! Gecko’s Grill & Pub’s have launched a special Summer Lunch Menu at all of our six locations.  With specials from our menu sure to delight you, including our award-winning ½ lb. USDA Choice Angus Gecko’s Burger, Sandwiches, our Signature 1992 Salad and more…for $8 you can enjoy our favorite time of the year with some of your fav Gecko’s dishes when you dine in with us for Lunch.  Always fresh, always made-to-order, join us to kickstart your Summer with our Summer Lunch specials from 11-3 Monday-Friday.  Dine In only. 

Gecko's, 1900 Hillview St, Sarasota, F

[SOON]  HEALTH: Wellen Wellness , May 18, 7:30am-9pm
Wellen Park is encouraging residents and visitors to participate in their ideal day of well-being during Wellen Wellness, a signature event showcasing all facets of health and wellbeing. From fitness and finances to nutrition, motivation and more, the May 18 wellness experience features informative workshops and activities for all ages, including a fishing rodeo, a mini-triathlon, yoga, doggie Olympics, live music, raffles and a silent dance party. The fun begins at 7:30 a.m. and continues until 9 p.m. in Downtown Wellen. The inaugural Wellen Wellness event is free and open to the public. Several activities require pre-registration online at wellenpark.com/events/wellen-wellness. For full event information, visit wellenpark.com/events/wellen-wellness.
[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Behind the Curtain, Exploring the Van Wezel from the Art to the Stage , May 20, 1:30-3pm
The Behind the Curtain: Exploring the Van Wezel from the Art to the Stage tour on May 20 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. is presented in partnership with the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. The art in the Van Wezel, 777 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota, was created by noted Florida artists and is on loan from Arts Advocates. A docent leads a tour of the paintings and sculptures including those by Robert Chase, William Hartman, Eugene White, Ben Stahl, Thornton Utz, Frank Colson, Dean Mitchell, and others. Participants then step onto the stage where a Van Wezel guide shares stories and anecdotes about the colorful world of show business. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased at the Van Wezel box office or by calling 941- 263-6799. Proceeds benefit the education/outreach programs of Arts Advocates and the Van Wezel. To learn more about or become a member of Arts Advocates, or to register for programs and events, visit ArtsAdvocates.org.
[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Lewis Black, Goodbye Yeller Brick Road , December 6, 8pm
Two-time Grammy Award-winning Comedian Lewis Black releases additional dates for his GOODBYE YELLER BRICK ROAD, THE FINAL TOUR that will include a show at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Friday, December 6, 2024 at 8pm. 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. 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]  MUSIC: Air Supply , November 17, 7pm
The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is excited to welcome Air Supply to Sarasota on Sunday, November 17, 2024, at 7pm. Tickets start at $41.57 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. VIP packages are also available. 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]  GRAB BAG: Wheel of Fortune Live , November 12, 7:30 pm
Wheel of Fortune LIVE, a live theatrical experience, will be coming to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota on Tuesday, November 12, 2024 at 7:30pm. The live stage show, produced by Right Angle Entertainment in collaboration with Sony Pictures Television and UTA, is the one-and-only way fans can experience the in person outside of Sony Pictures Studios. Tickets go on sale on Friday at 10 a.m. EDT. Tickets start at $37 and can be purchased at www.VanWezel.org, by calling the box office at 941-263-6799 or by visiting the box office. Groups of 10 or more should contact 941-263-6726.
[SOON]  FILM: The Greatest Show On Earth at the Sarasota Opera , October 18, 7:30pm

From May 10th- October 18th, Sarasota Opera House will be showing classic movies as timeless as the theater itself. Our Classic Movies at the Opera House series begins on Friday, May 10. HD at the Opera House series begins on June 9. Tickets on sale now! This lavish tribute to circus life, features three intertwining plotlines concerning romance and rivalry beneath the big top. Action sequences include a show-stopping train wreck. The film won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Story. Directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Charlton Heston, Betty Hutton, Dorothy Lamour, Cornel Wilde, and Gloria Grahame. Running time: 2 hours, 32 minutes.

Sarasota Opera, 61 N Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

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