A look at our favorite events taking place this week.
Thursday, Dec. 14
Deck the Halls at Ca’ d’Zan
5 p.m. at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road
Free with Museum or Art After 5 Admission: $25/$15
The Ca’ d’Zan is decked out for the holidays, and as a special addition to The Ringling’s weekly Art After 5 event, John and Mable Ringling’s breathtaking winter residence will offer extended hours for a unique self-guided tour of the first floor.
7 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.
Tickets $17 to $21
Get ready to laugh until you cry. Often referred to as the “Comedy Barbarian,” Mike McCarthy is a high-energy comedian who has made appearances on Showtime and Comedy Central.
Don’t Miss: Beer School —Holiday Beers & Cheesecake Pairing
Local craft beer guru Jim Keaveney will lead this class, which pairs four holiday beers with four delectable varieties of cheesecake from Cami Gable at Canopy Road Market.
If You Go:
When: 7 p.m. Thursday
Where: Mr. Beery’s, 2645 Mall Drive
Info: Call 343-2854.
Friday, Dec. 15
Towles Court Art Walk
5 p.m. at Towles Court Artist Colony, 1938 Adams Lane
Every third Friday, enjoy a stroll through the Towles Court Artist Colony for food, various types of art and live music by Latin Rendezvous.
‘A Christmas Carol’
7 p.m. at the Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice
$22; college students $14;
Ralphie only wants one thing for Christmas — but his mom thinks he’ll shoot his eye out if he gets it. This iconic Christmas tale about one boy’s quest for an official Red Ryder Range Model Carbine-Action BB Gun will have everyone laughing. Runs through Dec. 21.
Late Night With Got Jokes? An Open Mic Experience
7 p.m. at The Reserve, 1322 N. Tamiami Trail
Call (813) 393-7725.
This isn’t your average open mic night. Comedian and Got Jokes? Creative Director Barry Naylor hosts this show with a late-night talk show feel and features everything from rappers and poets to jugglers and contortionists.
‘John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker’
7:30 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota’s circus legacy continues with this fresh take on a classic story. The Sarasota Ballet entwines the history of John and Mable Ringling with E. T. A. Hoffman’s “The Nutcracker” in this must-see family show.
Saturday, Dec. 16
Sarasota’s Monthly Food Truck Rally
5 p.m. at JDub’s Brewing Company & Tap Room, 1215 Mango Ave.
Join the food truck craze and head to this monthly event for grub from MADE Mobile, Craving Donuts, Mouthole BBQ and much more. The Hydramatic will also provide live music.
Tap 72’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
6 p.m. at Tap 72, 5733 Clark Road
Time to take a trip to the thrift store. Grab the cheesiest holiday sweater you can find and head to Tap 72 for a night of holiday drink specials, free swag giveaways and an ugliest sweater contest.
Sunday, Dec. Dec. 17
Swing’N the Holidays with the Jive Aces
3 p.m. at Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Venice
$23 to $71
The first live band to reach the final rounds of “Britain’s Got Talent,” the Jive Aces, will perform a toe-tapping holiday show featuring Makinna Ridgway of the Satin Dollz.
‘Cool Yule: A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald’
3 p.m. at the Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road
$25 to $45
June Garber knows how to light up a theater, and what better way to do so than with a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald? Enjoy holiday classics like “Winter Wonderland,” “Santa Baby” and “Let It Snow!” at this Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota event, which features a Choral Artists of Sarasota vocal sextet.
Christmas Time is Here!
4 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church-Elca, 7750 S. Beneva Road
Join The First Brass of Sarasota and ring in the holiday season with this concert, which features a mix of timeless classics and fresh and fun Christmas songs.
Nik's Pick: Jazz in the Afternoon
The Brotherhood of Temple Emanu-El will jazz things up with this concert by the Martin Hamilton Jazz Quartet. Performers include Jim Martin, trumpet and flugelhorn; Dick Hamilton, keyboard; John DeWitt, bass and Johnny Moore, drums.
If You Go
When: 4 p.m. Sunday
Where: Temple Emanu-El Benderson Family Hall, 151 McIntosh Road
Tickets: $15; $20 at the door
Info: Email [email protected].
First Church Annual Christmas Concert and Community Carol Sing
7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave.
Free (donations encouraged)
Not feeling jolly? Head to this concert featuring First Church Singers, joined by the Vocal Arts Women’s Ensemble from the Patel Conservatory at Tampa’s Straz Center, and get in the holiday spirit with Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols.”
Monday, Dec. 18
The FSU / Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training Holiday Show
7 p.m. at FSU Center for the Performing Arts — Mertz Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
Free (donations encouraged)
Support the FSU / Asolo Conservatory class of 2018 by attending this heartwarming holiday revue. From Christmas carols to comedy, there’s something for everyone at this show. Enjoy classics such as “Let it Snow,” “Deck the Halls” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and donate to help fund the conservatory’s NYC showcase for agents and casting directors in May.
Wednesday, Dec. 20
Bach to Jazz at the Tent
7 p.m. at USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail
$15, $20 at the door
Perlman Music Program alumni violinist Sean Lee and pianist Peter Dugan perform pieces by Franz Schubert, Niccolo Paganini, Johann Sebastian Bach and selections from their album, “Songbook.”