A look at our favorite events taking place this week.
Thursday, April 19
4 p.m. at ALSO Youth, 1470 Boulevard of the Arts
Celebrate National Poetry Month with this public poetry reading hosted by ALSO Youth, a nonprofit that supports the health, safety and personal growth of LGBTQIA youth. Guests will be joined by Mark Steinwachs, an author and adviser to the ALSO Board.
Sculptor Jorge Blanco is known for his colorful installations with the lyricism and soaring heights that challenge viewers to expand their imagination. Now, this Venezuelan-born artist will have his first solo exhibit in his “adopted home” of Sarasota, where he’s lived for the past 20 years. Check out his work and meet the artist to discuss his playful, geometric style over wine and light bites.
If You Go
When: 5:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: Alfstad& Contemporary, 1419 Fifth St.
Info: Call 366-6400.
7 p.m. Booker VPA Theatre, 3201 N. Orange Ave.
$15; seniors $10; students $5
Call 355-2967, Ext. 65307.
This iconic romantic comedy following a socialite-turned-matchmaker took Broadway by storm, and now it’s coming to the Booker High School VPA Theater. Follow Dolly Levi in 1890s New York City as she tries to find love for “half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder and young artist Ambrose while hiding her own burning romantic desires. Runs through April 22.
7 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.
$18 to $21
Michael Mack has been gracing the McCurdy’s stage for many years, and now he’s bringing back his uniquely musical and audience participation-oriented stand-up. Mack’s off-color song parodies have appeared on XM/Sirius and “The Bob and Tom Show.” Runs through April 22.
7:30 p.m. at Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton
$15; Students and staff $5
Former principal harpist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra Ann Hobson Pilot will join the Bradenton Symphony Orchestra for this concert celebrating the instrumental form of the suite. Featured pieces include Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “English Folk Song Suite,” a three-movement work adapted for symphony orchestra and “Peer Gynt Suite” by Edvard Grieg.
7:30 p.m. at The Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 N. Tamiami Trail
This not-so-average beauty pageant makes its return to the Players Main Stage by popular demand. Six high-spirited “ladies” — Miss Deep South, Miss West Coast, Miss Great Plains, Miss Bible Belt, Miss Industrial Northeast and Miss Texas — will fight for audience members’ vote to capture the crown of “Miss Glamouresse.” Categories include evening gown, talent, swimwear, and spokes-modeling, of course. Runs through April 21.
Friday, April 20
8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail
Join the Sarasota Orchestra in taking a trip to iconic music hot spots like The Cotton Club and The Savoy to celebrate Harlem’s heyday, when Duke Ellington’s orchestra was the house band and the Great American Songbook was the go-to for legends like Ella Fitzgerald and Ethel Waters. This concert also features trumpeter/vocalist/conductor Byron Stripling, vocalist Carmen Bradford and tap dancer Ted Louis Levy. Also runs April 21.
Saturday, April 21
11 a.m. at The Showfolks Club, 5204 N. Lockwood Ridge Road
Get a unique peek inside the hangout of Sarasota’s circus stars in celebration of World Circus Day. Enjoy viewing handmade circus costumes, displays of model circuses, vendors of circus memorabilia, performances by young aerialists, an exhibit from Kay Rosaire’s Big Cat Habitat and Cindy Herriott’s miniature horse. Music will be provided by members of the Musical Box Society International, and free hot dogs and soda will be served.
Toast to the end of season — and hopefully the end of bumper-to-bumper traffic for a few months — at the return of this free block party. Enjoy Lagunitas Brewing Co. brews, munchies from Pop-up Waldos’ Food Joint, live music, a performance by Sailor Circus and a Townie Cup 3v3 street soccer tournament.
If You Go
When: Noon Saturday
Where: Shamrock Pub, 2257 Ringling Blvd.
Info: Call 952-1730.
6 p.m. at Oddity Tattoo and Arts, 1778 Main St
Contemporary artist Robinina wants you to ponder how to live your best life while perusing her artwork, most recognizable for its cartoons and use of neon pink. This solo show exhibiting 26 of her latest works will be accompanied by food trucks, a jazz band and live models.
6 p.m. at Shriners Auditorium, 600 N. Beneva Road
$7 in advance, $10 at the door
Email [email protected].
Join local visual artists, musicians and local businesses to support Shriners Hospital for Children through a live silent art auction of pieces contributed by participating artists. This creative evening also features the album release of rapper Ryanito’s latest EP, “The Appetizer” as well as performances from AMIAM, Kristen Warren, Monteasy, Crescendo and Laveau.
6 p.m. at Five Points Park, 1 Central Ave.
$30, $40 at the door
Sarasota Film Festival is partnering with Chillounge Night for a unique outdoor club experience to close SFF 2018. Enjoy a fashion show, performances by dance and drum group Brazilian Samba Parade, live music and more at this modern evening out that organizers say is an effort to “make Sarasota cool again.”
Monday, April 23
8 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave.
Sick of Beethoven? Get a taste for something new at this ensemblenewsrq concert. The group will perform its first commissioned work, David Dies’ concerto “Alchemy/Transmutation/Translation,” with oboe soloist Adam de Sorgo. The program also includes John Adams’ “Son of Chamber Symphony” and Michael Schachter’s “5, 6, 7, 8.”
Tuesday, April 24
C/SPA Spring Celebration
4:45 p.m. at Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail
Free but RSVP requested
RSVP to [email protected].
Support arts education in Sarasota County and celebrate the liasons from each public school through the Community/Schools Partnership for the Arts at this reception. This coincides with the North County Student Art Show, so guests can view artwork created by local elementary, middle and high school students now through May 5.