A look at our favorite events taking place this week
THURSDAY, APRIL 6
Great Escapes 6: The People’s Choice
7:30 p.m. at Holley Hall, 709 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota Orchestra presents the finale in this season's Great Escapes concert series, which includes selections of favorite from the last five years. Runs through Sunday.
8 p.m. at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road
This monthly music and art showcase returns with music by Roadkill Ghost Choir, supporting its new album, "False Youth, Etcetera," as well as Dea and Saint, from St. Petersburg, who combines hip-hop, hardcore and punk elements and Pathos, Pathos, from Orlando,.
FRIDAY, APRIL 7
‘Captive’ by Motionhouse
2 and 7 p.m. at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road
$15; free for 2 p.m.
Inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem, “The Panther,” four dancers perform in a large cage to close out The Ringling's New Stages series, blending dance and aerial work to explore how humans, like animals, can be plunged into captivity. Continues Saturday.
5 p.m. at Ringling College of Art and Design, 2700 N. Tamiami Trail
The annual Best of Ringling juried exhibition showcases the top art and design projects created by Ringling College students in every major.
Mills, Beethoven and Mozart
7:30 p.m. at the Venice Performing Arts Center
$22 to $37
The Venice Symphony presents the Florida premiere of Sequenzas Concertante, highlighting the Mozart's Symphony in G minor. Tamás Kocsis joins the symphony to play Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D major. Continues Saturday.
8 p.m. at JD Hamel Park, 2 Marina Plaza
$40 to $150
Enjoy an evening of food and cocktails to celebrate another year of the Sarasota Film Festival at this block party with live music by Sarasota's Hannah Jae and Twin Limb.
SATURDAY, APRIL 8
Second Annual Lido Beach Spring Fine Art Festival
10 a.m. at Lido Beach, 400 Benjamin Franklin Drive
The Lido Beach Spring Fine Art Festival returns for its second year. Hosted by the Humane Society of Sarasota County, the festival features original handmade fine art by local, regional and national artisans. Continues Sunday.
Downtown Sarasota Craft Festival
10 a.m. at 1 Central Ave.
This 15th annual event features contemporary crafts from more than 100 of the nation's most talented artisans, including a variety of jewelry, pottery, ceramics, photography, painting, clothing and much more. Continues Sunday.
Grand Tasting, Brunch and Charity Auction
11 a.m. brunch; 1:30 p.m. auction at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 7777 N. Tamiami Trail
Florida Winefest & Auction concludes with its grand tasting, featuring wines from more than 50 wineries. Guests can meet host vintners and winery representatives and sample some of the most sought-after wines. Appetizer portions of signature dishes available during brunch, followed by a charity auction.
Sarasota Film Festival Wrap Party
10:30 p.m. at Sarasota Sky, 1927 Ringling Blvd.
$20 to $25
Celebrate the finale of the Sarasota Film Festival with tunes by Atlanta electro-disco duo Hank and Cupcakes.
SUNDAY, APRIL 9
5 p.m. at Art Avenue Art Gallery Westfield Southgate Mall, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota Musica Viva presents “Wood Works,” a concert featuring Nordic Folk Tunes arranged by the Danish String Quartet and performed by the Venice Symphony Chamber Players.
Faces of Change
7 p.m. at the Cook Theatre, FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
Free; reservations encouraged
Asolo Rep’s fifth annual community-based documentary theater project is created from the real-life experiences of local residents and community members inspired by this season’s productions of "The Great Society" and "The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity." This year's project tackles issues of racially motivated violence.
MONDAY, APRIL 10
‘New York Notes’
8 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 1031 S. Euclid Ave.
In the finale of its inaugural season, ensemblenewSRQ performs a powerful display of contemporary chamber music in a virtuosic program featuring musicians from New York City.
TUESDAY, APRIL 11
‘A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream’ with the FSU/Asolo Conservatory
6 p.m. at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave.
$27 to $29
Second-year graduate students at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory perform Shakespeare’s comedy, fittingly staged outdoors at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Runs through April 29
Sailor Circus Spring Performance
7 p.m. at Sailor Circus Arena, 2075 Bahia Vista St.
$20; $15 for children
Sailor Circus, often called the Greatest Little Show on Earth, has been dazzling audiences for 68 years. The 2017 spring performance features more than 100 young circus artists that will flip, fly and perform amazing feats in six performances. Runs through April 15.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12
Jazz at 2: Bruce Wallace Quartet
2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road
$15; $10 for members
This regular jazz concert series concludes its season with bassist Bruce Wallace, vibraphone player Marty Morrell, pianist Richard "Stretch" Bruyn and drummer Ron Gregg.
10 p.m. at Gator Club, 1490 Main St.
This regular music showcase features Babyl, from Sarasota, a high-energy melodic alt-rock band; Memorycode, from St. Petersburg, a dreamy, atmospheric band; and Ryan Meeker, a singer/songwriter from Sarasota. Artist Rae Grand will also produce live prints and illustrations.