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This Week in Sarasota: Thursday, March 29

A look at our favorite events taking place this week.
by: Niki Kottmann Managing Editor of Arts and Entertainment

Thursday, March 29

Good Things Come in Small Packages: SCF Chamber Music Concert

7:30 p.m. at Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton

$10; students and staff $5

Call 752-5252.

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.


‘Motown the Musical’

8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail

From $56

Call 953-3368.

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

Tickets: Free

Info: Call 351-5100.


Steve Byrne

6:30 and 8:50 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.


Call 925-3869.

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.  


‘Little Bit Country, Little Bit Rock ‘n’ Roll’

7:30 p.m. at The Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 N. Tamiami Trail


Call 365-2494.

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

Nik's Pick: Harvey Milk Fundraiser ‘For the Novel ... A Queer Love Opera’

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.


‘Little Women’

8 p.m. at Stone Hall, Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton

From $22

Call 748-5875.

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.


FST Improv: Tournament of Fools

8:30 p.m. at Bowne’s Lab Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, 1265 First St.


Call 366-9000.

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

‘From Cuba to Broadway’ with Soprano Sandra Lopez and Pianist Paul Posnak

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota

3 p.m. at Fischer-Weisenborne Residence, inquire for address


Call 306-1202.

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

Call 256-3565.


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)

Call 487-7300.


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

$65; $25/kids

Call 360-7390.


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

Call 248-1207.


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

Call 921-9465.


Easter Dinner at Patrick’s

Noon at Patrick’s, 1481 Main St.

$19 to $26 entrees

Call 955-1481.


Tuesday, April 3

Emanuel Ax

7:30 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail

$30 to $90

Call 225-6500.

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

Gromalot Theater Factory Presents ‘Snack’

8 p.m. at Glenridge Performing Arts Center, 7333 Scotland Way

$17.50 to $25

Call 552-5325.

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

Call 351-8000.

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.


‘Honor Killing’

8 p.m. at Gompertz Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, 1265 First St.

$36 to $39

Call 366-9000.

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.


I'm the Managing Editor of Arts & Entertainment here, which means I write, edit and share stories about our multifaceted A&E scene in Sarasota. I graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Journalism and a French minor. Reach me at 941-366-3468 ext. 356

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