A look at our favorite events taking place this week.
Thursday, Feb. 8
Nik's Pick: Heather Hutchison: ‘Forever Changes’ Opening Reception
Be the first to see the trademark style of artist Heather Hutchison in her latest exhibit, “Forever Changes” at Alfstad& Contemporary. Hutchison uses thin sheets of Plexiglas mounted on frames of birch plywood and covers them in duct tape or beeswax to create pieces that look like seascapes at first glance, but upon further inspection appear to be more complex examples of the depths of color.
If You Go
When: 5:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: Alfstad& Contemporary, 1419 Fifth St.
Info: Call 347-804-1526.
Chamber Soiree 6: ‘Trout’
5:30 p.m. at Holley Hall, 709 N. Tamiami Trail
Schubert’s famous “Trout” Quintet is a joyous, infectious work of optimism that is sure to keep Sarasota Orchestra fans smiling. Also on the lineup is Bowen’s “Fantasia,” during which the viola will take center stage. Rounding out the concert is Penn’s “Capriccio” for tuba and marimba, an energetic piece that allows the two instruments to complement each other beautifully.
7 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.
$18 to $21
John DiCrosta is known for dozens of character voices for big-name projects such as “The Transformers” films, Nickelodeon shows and several video games. Runs through Feb. 11.
Charlie Hunter Trio
7 p.m. at Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court
$15; $20 day of
After a 16-year career, Charlie Hunter knows a thing or two about music. Many consider him a top seven- and eight-string guitar player, particularly after collaborating with big names such as Norah Jones and John Mayer. Hunter will be joined by Keita Ogawa on percussion and singer Lucy Woodward.
The Players Centre for Performing Arts
8 p.m. at Backstage at The Players, 838 N. Tamiami Trail
In this monologue-heaving piece, a middle-class housewife from England prepares egg and chips for dinner. As she does so, she begins to reflect on her life — her husband, her children, her past and most enticingly, an invitation from a girlfriend to take a trip to Greece. Runs through Feb. 18.
‘The Toxic Avenger’
8 p.m. at Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice
$32; College students $17; High school students $15
Back by popular demand, this comedic musical has something for everyone. From an unlikely superhero to actors who play four-plus characters in one show (one of which being high-heeled backup singers), this clever romance can make anyone laugh. Runs through March 4.
Friday, Feb. 9
Circus Sarasota Presents ‘Ovation’
The Circus Arts Conservatory
7 p.m. under the Ulla Searing Big Top, 140 University Town Center Drive
$15 to $55
Celebrate the 250th anniversary of the modern circus with “Ovation,” the Circus Arts Conservatory production that brings many of the best circus performers in the world together under the same big top. Laugh along with the clowns and soar to great heights with acrobats, aerialists and more in this awe-inspiring show. Runs through March 4.
Robin Spielberg, pianist
8 p.m. at Glenridge Performing Arts Center, 7333 Scotland Way
Enjoy an evening of poised, heartfelt and often breathtaking music by acclaimed pianist and composer Robin Spielberg. The musician’s interpretive piano work will take audiences on an emotional journey that transcends a simple concert experience.
Saturday, Feb 10
‘Hit the Road’
Magic of Manatee Sweet Adelines
3 p.m. at First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., Bradenton
The Bradenton chapter of Sweet Adelines International is an all-female four-part harmony a cappella group specializing in the barbershop harmony style. For their annual show, these women will take audience members on a musical road trip with guest performers the Humdingers.
‘Manon Lescaut’ by Giacomo Puccini
7 p.m. at Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.
$19 to $139
The French are known for romance, so it’s no wonder Giacomo Puccini set his iconic opera in the City of Light. The story begins when Cavalier Des Grieux falls in love with the enchanting Manon Lescaut at first sight (he falls so hard, in fact, that he prevents her from entering the convent her father had planned to send her to). Drama ensues — hang on to your seat.
Classical Guitarist Jason Vieaux
7:30 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road
$35; Members $30; Students $5
Jason Vieaux is a Grammy award-winning guitarist with a knack for creating a soulful, modern music experience with classical guitar. He’s performed with more than 100 orchestras, and was the first classical musician to be featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk series.
‘The King of Ragtime Writers: Scott Joplin’
Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota
7:30 p.m. at Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road
$25 to $45
Concert pianist Richard Dowling travels the country performing in everything from solo recitals to jazz and ragtime festivals. His style is often described as sophisticated and gripping, and in this performance he’ll channel that style into a celebration of the varied works — both ragtime and waltzes — of Scott Joplin. Runs through Feb. 11.
Sunday, Feb. 11
Warhol: Flowers in the Factory
10 a.m. at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave.
$25; Members free
Most people know Andy Warhol for his iconic Campbell’s Soup paintings, but few are aware that he created more than 10,000 images of flowers over the course of his career. This exhibit takes a closer look at these floral works and how nature influenced the pop art icon throughout his career. Runs through June 30.
Wednesday, Feb. 14
"George Balanchine: Innovator and Legend"
7 p.m. in the Music Room of College Hall, New College Bayfront Campus
Free, register here
Enjoy a toe-tapping "Balanchine Valentine" lecture by Paul Boos, a dancer for the master ballet choreographer George Balanchine, who will discuss the "Balanchine style" of ballet. This special partnership between New College at The Sarasota Ballet is supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and will give guests an intimate look into Russian-born Balanchine, who is known for Americaning classical ballet.
Don't Miss: Cheese & Chocolate Beer Pairing — Valentines Day
Skip the dinner reservations and reserve a spot in the taproom to try a new brew pairing this Valentine’s Day. Couples and singles alike can toast to this assortment of chocolates and cheeses paired perfectly with special beers. Whether you’re a Salted Caramel Imperial Stout drinker or you’re feeling the Cherry Milk Chocolate Porter, you get to sample a wide array of beer styles and food to complement them.
If You Go
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday
Where: JDub’s Brewing Co. & Taproom, 1215 Mango Ave.
Tickets: $30 per person or $50 per couple
Info: Call 955-2739.
Black Diamond Burlesque’s Valentine Show
8 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.
These diamonds want to bring some sparkle to your Valentine’s Day — vaudeville style. Enjoy a glamorous striptease performance by this big name in local burlesque. Whether you’re with your beau or flying solo, you’ll love this cabaret-style show.