A look at our favorite events taking place this week.
Thursday, March 29
7:30 p.m. at Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton
$10; students and staff $5
State College of Florida’s small ensembles may be limited in size, but not talent. Enjoy this intimate concert experience in which the audience will be seated on stage with the musicians. The evening will feature SCF’s Brass Choir, the Woodwind Choir, a percussion quintet, a woodwind quintet, SCF’s Saxophone Choir, a brass quintet, and the SCF Presidential String Quartet and Jazz Quintet.
8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail
The Tony Award-nominated Broadway smash is coming to Sarasota. Follow the true story of the founder of Motown, Berry Gordy, who went from a career as boxer to a music mogul. Jam out to classics such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” while learning how one man’s American dream came true. Runs through April 1.
Friday, March 30
Don't Miss: ‘Vessel Manuals’ Closing Reception
Ringling College of Art & Design and the Fine Arts Department present this senior thesis exhibition featuring work from Danny Jeffers, Hayley Denham and Jordan Daher. These students face the various facets of the human condition through abstraction, more or less evolved versions of humanity and alternative, environmentally conscious working methods.
If You Go
When: 6 p.m. Friday
Where: Crossley Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Design, 2698 Bradenton Road
Info: Call 351-5100.
6:30 and 8:50 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.
This Pittsburgh native had plenty of comedic material from birth. Born to a Korean mother and Irish father, Steve Byrne channeled the dysfunctions of his upbringing in his first TV show, “Sullivan & Son” on TBS. Since then, he’s been making audiences laugh in comedies like “The Dilemma,” and “Couples Retreat.” Runs through March 31.
7:30 p.m. at The Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 N. Tamiami Trail
Comb your closet for that Western outfit we know you have (yes, cowboy boots are encouraged), and get ready to giddy-up your way through this evening of country and rock ‘n’ roll. Singer Jimmy Mazz’s vocals will take audiences back to the days of Hank Williams and Johnny Cash while also crossing into the rock world with classics from stars like Bobby Darin and Elvis.
Saturday, March 31
This collaboration between Shannon Fortner and Mac Melrose is a surreal exploration of dance and sound with a theme of personal narrative. This installation piece is an alliance between long-distance friends that will make audiences see a new perspective and ask questions such as, “How does our art inhabit this world?” Benefits Harvey Milk Festival 2018 (May 10-12).
If You Go
When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: The Arnold Simonsen Players Studio, 1400 Boulevard of the Arts, Suite 200
Tickets: $15 to $50
Info: Call 228-4872.
8 p.m. at Stone Hall, Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton
This Civil War-era story of love and family is truly timeless, and now author Louisa May Alcott’s American classic is coming to the Manatee Performing Arts Center stage. Revisit the lives of the four March sisters and their mother in this empowering tale of a poor family banding together while their father is away.
8:30 p.m. at Bowne’s Lab Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, 1265 First St.
Get ready for this comedy battle royale featuring 15 FST Improv ensemble members who will compete in a series of improv songs, games and scenes to win the coveted title of "Champion of the Fools!" After each round, audiences vote on who stays and who goes.
Sunday, April 1
Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota
3 p.m. at Fischer-Weisenborne Residence, inquire for address
Acclaimed soprano Sandra Lopez joins forces with renowned pianist Paul Posnak to perform songs by popular Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona such as “Siboney” as well as Broadway classics including “And This Is My Beloved” from “Kismet.”
Eat Out This Easter Sunday
Easter Brunch at Boca
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Boca Sarasota, 19 S. Lemon Ave.
Regular brunch prices with $15 bottomless mimosas and $20 bottomless bloody marys
Libby’s Café + Bar Easter Brunch Buffet
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Libby’s Cafe + Bar, 1917 S. Osprey Ave.
$55; $25/kids (12 and under)
Michael’s On East Easter Brunch
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Michael’s On East, 1212 S. East Ave.
$59.95; Kids (3-10) $24.95
Call 366-0007, Ext. 224.
Muse at The Ringling Easter Brunch Buffet
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Muse, 5401 Bay Shore Road
Zota Easter Sunday Brunch
11 a.m. at Zota Beach Resort, 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key
$49.95; $24.95 for children ages 4-11 years old
The Table Creekside’s Easter Brunch
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Table Creekside, 5365 S. Tamiami Trail
Entree prices vary, $15 unlimited mimosas
Easter Dinner at Patrick’s
Noon at Patrick’s, 1481 Main St.
$19 to $26 entrees
Tuesday, April 3
7:30 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail
$30 to $90
Sarasota Concert Association’s 2018 Great Performers Series season closes with the return of the acclaimed pianist Emanuel Ax. Enjoy Mozart’s Sonata No. 15 in F Major, K, 533/494; Liszt’s Tre Sonetti di Petrarca; Bach’s Partita No. 5 in G major, BWV 829; and Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53.
Wednesday, April 4
8 p.m. at Glenridge Performing Arts Center, 7333 Scotland Way
$17.50 to $25
Head to Palmer Ranch to see Gromalot Theatre Factory, a vibrant, wacky and inventive Orlando-based ensemble that travels to fringe festivals from Calgary to Sarasota. Enjoy this word-free, silly storytelling style that can be described as a mix of a Charlie Chaplin film and a Looney Tunes cartoon live on stage.
Asolo Repertory Theatre
8 p.m. at FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
$13.50 to $45
This hilarious yet dark story of style, status and success centers on a group of editorial assistants who are all pursuing the same dream career in New York City’s cultural magazine scene. Faced with the obstacles of declining readership, diminishing advertising revenue and forced layoffs, employees begin turning against each other — until a normal day at the office gone wrong brings unexpected inspiration. Runs through April 29.
8 p.m. at Gompertz Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, 1265 First St.
$36 to $39
This world premiere centers on Allisyn Davis, an American reporter for The New York Times who heads to Pakistan to cover the honor killing of a young woman. She’s denied entry into the country, but armed with the most current technology, she conducts her reporting remotely from Dubai. Audiences ponder questions about forgiveness, self-worth and justice in this intensely emotional play. Runs through May 25.