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Arts and Entertainment Monday, Jan. 10, 2022 4 months ago

This week in A+E: Jan. 13 to Jan. 19

New plays, legendary singers, art walks and comedy highlight the week of arts and entertainment in Sarasota.
by: Spencer Fordin A+E Editor


Rahn Hortman

7 p.m. at McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.



Rahn Hortman will play seven shows at McCurdy's.

Rahn Hortman will play anywhere he can make you laugh. The emerging comic has played at churches, colleges, clubs and corporate events, and he's coming this week to rock the stage at McCurdy's. Hortman can be heard on Sirius XM radio, and he's made TV appearances on Nickelodeon and MAVTV. Runs through Sunday. 

PMP Alumni: Around Town

7 p.m. at Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way



You might have seen violinist Sean Lee when he was little. But now he's all grown up. Lee, a former Perlman Music Program "Little" and current Juilliard and PMP faculty member, will team with Peter Dugan for a rare performance of the Complete 24 Caprices of Niccolo Paganini as arranged by Robert Schumann. Lee and Dugan released an album together, "Songbook," featuring genres ranging from classical to jazz. Lee earned top prizewinner at the "Premio Paganini" International Violin Competition.

Conductor Christopher Confessore headlines the Comedy Tonight program.


Our Pick

'Comedy Tonight'

Get ready to laugh. Conductor Christopher Confessore of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra will bring his signature blend of skill and humor to a bill that includes music composed by Stephen Sondheim, Leroy Anderson and John Williams. The show draws its title from Sondheim's "Comedy Tonight," which featured in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." The Friday and Sunday shows will not have an intermission, but the Thursday and Saturday shows will. Runs through Sunday. 

When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13

Where: Holley Hall, 709 N. Tamiami Trail

Tickets: $42-$64

Info: Visit

A Literary Feast

7:30 p.m. at Bradenton Kiwanis Theater, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton



Join the Crosley Theater Co. for an evening celebrating two of America's most acclaimed authors. The actors will tackle the celebrated works of Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, the respective authors of "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and "The Great Gatsby." Runs through Jan. 23.



Sarasota Public Art Walking Tour

11 a.m. at Art Ovation Hotel, 1255 N. Palm Ave.

$30; members $28


Arts Advocates is staging three public art tours of Sarasota, and the first will be through the downtown Five Points Park area. The 90-minute tour will educate the group about local art and artists, and each one will focus on a different area of the city. Docents Judy Levine, Stephenie Frasher and Nanette Crist will lead the tours, and the next ones will occur in February (City Hall area) and March (Rosemary District).

Sarasota Seafood and Music Festival

4-10 p.m. at JD Hamel Park, 199 Bayfront Drive



Seafood, music and fun are on the menu at JD Hamel Park. The Sarasota Seafood and Music Festival will feature an eclectic mix of bands including Kettle of Fish. Meat and vegetarian options will also be on the menu in addition to seafood, and there will be drinks available. The festival starts at 11 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday and will close out at 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Tony Award-winner Gavin Creel is bringing his passion project to Sarasota.

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Walk on Through with Gavin Creel

Join Hermitage Fellow and Tony Award-winning actor Gavin Creel on an audio tour that examines the link between museums and humanity. Creel, who won a Tony award in 2017 for his work in the Broadway revival of "Hello Dolly," is working on a multimedia project spurred by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and he will perform selections of the work in progress for the Hermitage audience.

When: 5-6 p.m. Jan. 14 

Where: Hermitage Artist Retreat Beach, 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood

Tickets: $5, registration required

Info: Visit

'The Smuggler'

7:30 p.m. at Urbanite Theatre, 1487 Second St.

$36; under 40 $20; students $5

Giles Davies stars as Tim Finnegan in this one-man dark comedy centering on the price of fame. The play, written by Ronan Noone and directed by Brendan Ragan, involves an Irish immigrant who wants to be a writer in the U.S. and the price that he must pay to realize his dream. Runs through Feb. 20.

Renesito Avich & Friends

8 p.m. at Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Court

$26; members $22


Join virtuoso guitarist Renesito Avich as he celebrates the songs of Cuban composer Compay Segundo. Avich will be joined by bassist Mauricio Rodriguez, percussionist Andy Fornet and singer Otto D. Ferreiro as they play the songs of Segundo, perhaps best known from his work with Buena Vista Social Club. 

'Ain't Misbehaving'

7:30 p.m. at Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice

$36; college students $20; youth $15


This show has girth. Hear the songs of the great Fat Waller and watch as a versatile cast dances, sings and strums their way through the catalogue of an American original. "Ain't Misbehaving" won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1978, and this version is directed and choreographed by Harry Bryce. Runs through Feb. 6.

Jazz at Two: Skip Conkling and Dixie Mix

2 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church, 397 Fruitville Road

$20; members $10


Join Skip Conkling and his band, Dixie Mix, for an afternoon of Dixieland and swing tunes. Conkling — joined by Mike Evans, Marv Luckett, John DeWitt and Harley Somerfeld — will play a number of jazz standards and classics from the American Songbook with a New Orleans flavor.



Sarasota Beer and Burger Festival

Noon to 8 p.m. at The Mall at University Town Center, 140 University Town Center Drive



Tempt your stomach and tease your palate. The third annual Sarasota Beer and Burger Festival will bring a host of burger artisans and craft brewers vying to be named the best in town. Free craft beer samples will be provided from noon to around 4:30 p.m., but there's a limited supply, so arrive early if you'd like to imbibe.

Midge Johnson Fine Art Gallery opening

Noon to 6 p.m. at 3983 Destination Drive, Suite 104, Osprey 



Come greet the proprietors of Sarasota's newest art gallery. Midge Johnson, an abstract expressionist painter, and her husband, Alan Wasserman, are opening their new space to the public. Wasserman, a classical pianist, plans to use the space to play and deliver presentations on the history of music, and Johnson will be painting live on some occasions and using the gallery to display her works.

Former Tonight Show host Jay Leno plays the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Saturday.
Jay Leno

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



You've seen him in your living room, and now's your chance to see him in your backyard. Legendary comedian Jay Leno, former host of "The Tonight Show," will tickle funny bones on Saturday evening. Leno, a noteworthy car enthusiast, has stayed busy in recent years hosting "Jay Leno's Garage."



The Righteous Brothers

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



Bring back that Lovin' Feelin'. Whoa that Lovin' Feelin'. The Righteous Brothers, featuring original member Bill Medley and Bucky Heard, will bring their signature ballads and more, including noteworthy tracks "Unchained Melody" and "The Time of My Life."



'Forbidden Broadway'

7:30 p.m. at Studio 1130, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail

$25; students $12.50


"Forbidden Broadway," a long-running musical revue, opens up for a preview performance on Wednesday evening. The show pays tribute to some of Broadway's greatest songs and songwriters. Runs through Jan. 30.

'Grand Horizons'

8 p.m. at Mertz Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail



Expand your horizons. This hit Broadway play, written by Bess Wohl, makes its Asolo Rep debut. The show centers on a married couple who are inseparable but beginning to contemplate a life on their own. Truth and humor abound in this study of the of the enduring nature of love directed by Celine Rosenthal. Runs through April 1.

'The Play That Goes Wrong'

8 p.m. at Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave.



What happens when a play debuts and nothing goes right? "The Play Goes Wrong" follows the cast of a 1920s whodunit as they try to overcome a slew of foibles along the way to their first curtain call. The play, written in 2012, premiered in London and later moved to Broadway's Lyceum Theatre. Bruce Jordan, who also helmed FST's productions of "Shear Madness" and "Spamalot," will direct.

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