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Arts and Entertainment Wednesday, Apr. 29, 2015 7 years ago

A&E Picks and Highlights 4.30.15

A&E Editor Nick Reichert picks out the top events to attend this week.
by: Nick Reichert Arts & Entertainment Editor

Visual Arts

North Sarasota County School Spring Art Show

Art Center Sarasota

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday

Runs through May 10.

Free. Call 365-2032.

Embracing Our Differences

Sarasota Island Park and Bradenton Riverwalk

Runs through May 22.

Free. Call 404-5710.

Performing Arts

‘You Should Be So Lucky’

Players Theatre

7:30 p.m. April 30 and May 1, 2; 2 p.m. May 2 and 3

Tickets: $25 to $30. Call 365-2494.


Gompertz Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre

8 p.m. April 30, May 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6; 3 p.m. May 2 and 3

Tickets: $36. Call 366-9000.

‘Chicken Shop’

Urbanite Theatre

8 p.m. April 30, May 1, 2, 3 and 6

Extended through May 10.

Tickets: $25, $5 for students with valid ID. Call 321-1397.

‘Luck Be A Lady: The Iconic Music of Frank Loesser’

Mertz Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre

8 p.m. April 30, May 1, 2 and 6; 2 p.m. May 2, 3 and 6; 7:30 p.m. May 5

Tickets: $15 to $74. Call 351-8000.


Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

8 p.m. April 30, May 1, 2, 5 and 6; 2 p.m. May 2 and 3

Runs through May 17.

Tickets: $29.50; $16.50 for students with ID. Call 366-1505.

‘Poetry Life’

Florida Studio Theatre

All day May 1 and 2

Tickets: $15 to $35. Call 366-9000.

InspireSarasota! Festival

Five Points Park

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 2

Free. Call 365-5118, Ext. 304.



Bill Buchman’s Art of Jazz Duo

Burns Court Café

7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. May 2

Free. Call 312-6633.

Trumpet Invasion: Brandon Ridenour, Mara Bonde and Rich Ridenour

Historic Asolo Theater, Artist Series Concerts

7:30 p.m. May 2 and 3; 2 p.m. May 3

Tickets: $25 to $45. Call 360-7399.

Jazz on the Water

Marina Jack Plaza, Jazz Club of Sarasota

Matt Bokulic and Debbie Keeton

3 p.m. May 3. Call 366-1552.


Nick’s Pick

The Ballets Russes: A Tribute to Nijinsky

After a season filled with a premiere by Will Tuckett and performances of great pieces by George Balanchine, Christopher Bruce, Sir Frederick Ashton, Rudolf Nureyev, Paul Taylor and resident choreographer Ricardo Graziano, the Sarasota Ballet will close its season with a tribute to perhaps the most influential ballet company of the 20th century: the Ballet Russes. Organized by producer and impresario Sergei Diaghilev in 1909, the company premiered in Paris and toured throughout Europe and North and South America until 1929. The company served as a canvas for some of the most iconic choreographers, dancers, composers and designers of a generation. These included Anna Pavlova, Tamara Karsavina, Mikhail Fokine, Léonide Massine, Vaslav Nijinsky, George Balanchine, Alexandre Benois, Léon Bakst, Coco Chanel, Pablo Picasso, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Erik Satie, Igor Stravinsky and Richard Strauss. The Sarasota Ballet pays tribute to these artistic pioneers and innovators with a program that includes Fokine’s “Les Sylphides” and “Petrushka” and Nijinsky’s “Afternoon of a Faun” with music provided by the Sarasota Orchestra. “Les Sylphides” is a narrative-less reverie with white sylphs dancing and playing in the crystal moonlight with a young man just described as The Poet. “Petruska” is a Russian fable depicting the story of a straw puppet coming to life. And closing the season is “Afternoon of a Faun,” considered to be one of the first modern ballets.

The Ballets Russes: A Tribute to Nijinsky

Sarasota Opera House, Sarasota Ballet

7:30 p.m. May 1 and 2; 2 p.m. May 2

Tickets: $35 to $105. Call 359-0099.

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