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Arts and Entertainment Wednesday, Apr. 19, 2017 3 years ago

This Week in Sarasota: Thursday, April 20

A look at our favorite events taking place this week.
by: Nick Friedman Managing Editor of Arts and Culture


PMP Alumni 

5:30 at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road


Call 360-7399.

Perlman Music Program alumni perform during The Ringling’s Art After Five series. The all-female string quartet features violinists Hannah Tarley and Mariella Haubs, violist Bethany Hargreaves and cellist Arlen Hlusko performing Beethoven, Debussy and Schubert.


‘The Full Monty’

7:30 p.m. at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton

$27 to $37

Call 748-5875.

Desperate for money after losing his job at a steel factory, Jerry and his friend Dave decide to create their own male strip-tease act. Runs through May 7.


Alton Brown Live

8 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 7777 N. Tamiami Trail

$36 to $166

Call 953-3368.

Alton Brown, chef and television personality, returns to the stage in his second live-performance tour. With puppets, songs and over-the-top culinary demonstrations, Brown explores the science behind everyone’s favorite topic: food.



Sixth Annual Poetry Life Weekend

Friday and Saturday at various locations

Prices vary


Celebrate poetry in Sarasota with featured poets Edward Hirsch and Aimee Nezhukumatahil.


Garden-to-Plate Wine Dinner

6 p.m. at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave.


Call 366-5731.

Enjoy an evening in Marc Chagall’s French Riviera with a multiple-course wine dinner under the banyan trees.


Bradenton Symphony Orchestra: ‘Pull Out All the Stops’

8 p.m. at the Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton

$15; $5 for students and faculty

Call 752-5252.

The State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota Bradenton Symphony Orchestra presents organ and piano performances featuring John Lucado and Aza Torshkoeva.


Pops 3: ‘The Music of Sinatra'

8 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 7777 N. Tamiami Trail

Tickets from $35

Call 953-3434.

Jazz vocalist Michael Andrew and the Sarasota Orchestra present favorites from the Sinatra songbook. Continues Saturday.


Bobby Previte: ‘Terminals Part II: In Transit’

8 p.m. at the Mildred Sainer Pavilion, New College, 5313 Bay Shore Road


Call 487-4888.

Composer and drummer Bobby Previte won the 2015 Greenfield Prize to compose this new work, which will premiere Friday and Saturday, featuring Nels Cline on acoustic guitar, John Medeski on piano, Greg Osby on alto sax, Zeena Parkins on harp and Jen Shyu on vocals and Chinese fiddle.



Townie Fest

Noon at Shamrock Pub, 2257 Ringling Blvd.


Call 952-1730.

Shamrock Pub hosts a block party featuring local musicians, soccer and specialty beers. Bands include Ship of Fools, The Bird Tribe, Pressure Dem, Babyl, Spark Notes, Kim Logan and The Hydramatic, Treedomm, Summer Survivors and Fancy Rat, as well as Tuff Son inside.


Blues, Brews and BBQ

3 to 9 p.m. at Bridge Street, Anna Maria Island



Enjoy live music, barbecue and cold beer, all to benefit the All Island Denomination Food Pantry at Roser Church.


Heroes Party

4 p.m. at Music Compound, 1751 Cattlemen Road


Call 379-9100.

Heroes Welcome Home hosts its annual live music and craft-beer festival in support of veterans. Music by Leviathan Cross and Democracy. 


Art, Rhymes and Beer

6 p.m. at Big Top Brewing Co., 6111 B Porter Way


Call 371-2939.

Art, Rhymes & Beer continues at Big Top Brewing Co. to celebrate Earth Day with music and art, benefiting Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary.


Jazz in the Ballpark

7 p.m. at Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St.

$20 to $50

Call 366-1552.

Jazz Club of Sarasota and the Orioles team up for a live, big-band jazz concert at Ed Smith Stadium.



8 p.m. at the Players Centre For Performing Arts,  838 N. Tamiami Trail


Call 365-2494.

The Players' dance troupe, The Flash Tappers, performs choreography from some of the greats, including Gene Kelly, Gregory Hines, Ruby Keeler in hits such as "Puttin' on the Ritz," "Mack the Knife" and "Money, Money."


‘Blood Brothers’

8 p.m. at Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice

$32; $17 for students; $5 for children

Call 488-1115.

In this dramatic musical, twin brothers are separated at birth. One is raised in wealth — the other in poverty. They grow to be friends and then bitter enemies without ever knowing their blood connection. Runs through April 23.


‘A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream’ with the FSU/Asolo Conservatory

6 p.m. at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave.

$27 to $29

Call 351-8000.

The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training performs a two-week run of William Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," a classic tale of four young lovers, five rude mechanicals and an army of fairies and spirits who cross paths one magical night in a forest outside Athens. The play will be performed behind Selby Gardens’ Payne Mansion against the backdrop of the sun setting over Sarasota Bay. Runs through April 29.



‘The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity’

2 p.m. at the Cook Theatre, FSU Center for Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail

$27 to $45

Call 351-8000.

This wickedly smart play about professional wrestling tells the tale of an up-and-coming star pressured to exploit racial stereotypes for ratings. Runs through April 24.


Verdi’s ‘Requiem’

4:30 p.m. at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave. 

$20 to $60; students $15

Call 387-6046.

Gloria Musicae, with Master Chorale of Tampa Bay and the Sarasota Orchestra, performs one of the most popular and masterful of Verdi's works: "Requiem."



'Monday, Monday'

3 p.m. at Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W.


Call 488-1115.

Monday, Monday pays tribute to The Mamas and the Papas, along with other hits from the Woodstock era.



'Boeing Being'

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

$25 to $30

Call 365-2494.

This 1960s French farce features Parisian lothario Bernard, who has Italian, German, and American fiancées, each a beautiful airline hostess with frequent “layovers.”


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