A look at our favorite events taking place this week.
THURSDAY, JAN. 12
5 p.m. at Alfstad& Contemporary, 1419 5th St.
Meet the Artist, Grace Howl, and walk through her immersive installation, "Together & Apart: Love Letters of O’Keeffe and Stieglitz," featuring love letters between Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfed Stieglitz lining the walls of rooms designed to represent their homes on opposite sides of the country.
6 p.m. at Michael's Wine Cellar, 1283 S. Tamiami Trail
Perfect for the whiskey connoisseur, this whiskey dinner, which features only 16 seats, includes dinner, tastings and a bottle of Midleton Very Rare Whiskey to take home. Advanced reservations required.
Great Escapes 3: Timeless Tales
7:30 p.m. at Holley Hall, 709 N. Tamiami Trail
Tickets from $38
Sarasota Orchestra presents an evening of selections from classic storybook tales, including "Sleeping Beauty," "Hansel and Gretel" and "Pinocchio," as well as scores from modern classics, such as "Harry Potter" and "Star Wars." Runs through Saturday.
‘13 The Musical’
7:30 p.m. at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 3rd Ave. W., Bradenton
Manatee Players presents this musical, which follows Evan Goldman as he approaches his 13th birthday. His excitement is tempered when everything seems to go wrong. Survive the plight of teenage life alongside Evan as he traverses the worlds of popularity, kisses and heartbreak. Runs through Jan. 29.
7:30 p.m. at the Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 N. Tamiami Trail
$25 to $30; $12 for students younger than 24
Players Theatre presents the Tony Award-winning “Sweet Charity,” a quirky comedy about a taxi dancer named Charity Hope Valentine, ever on the search for love. Runs through Jan. 29.
‘The Piano Lesson’
8 p.m. at the Westcoast Black Theatre
$39.50; $22 for student and active military
August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Piano Lesson" tells the story of an impoverished Depression-era black family in the midst of an argument over an heirloom piano that their enslaved grandfather carved with figures representing their rich history. Do they honor their past and keep it? Or improve their situation by selling it? Runs through Feb. 18.
FRIDAY, JAN. 13
7 p.m. at Café in the Park, 2010 Adams Lane
Acoustic Americana folk band Passerine plays an evening under the stars at Café in the Park.
7 and 9:30 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.
Tom Arnold, known for his work as a writer and executive producer for the sitcom "Roseanne," has also starred in his own HBO special and hosted on "Best Damn Sports Show Period" and CMT’s top-rated “My Big Redneck Family." Now, catch him onstage in Sarasota. Continues Saturday.
8 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail
$76 to $110
Acclaimed late-night-show host, stand-up comedian, speaker and voice-over artist Jay Leno returns to Sarasota with opener Emily West, an "America’s Got Talent" finalist.
SATURDAY, JAN. 14
6 p.m. at Little Skull Photography, 2341 Porter Lake Dr.
Little Skull Photography is launching a new service, called Party Booth SRQ. The only problem? They don't have enough photos to show it off. Head to the studio, dressed for a night out to try the new open-air photo booth service and see your photo in a promotion.
10 a.m. on Main Street downtown Sarasota, between Orange and Osprey avenues
Collectors and enthusiasts will have plenty to peruse at this annual event, featuring a variety of works created by local, regional and national vendors. Continues Sunday.
SUNDAY, JAN. 15
4:30 p.m. at Art Avenue, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail
$20 suggested donation
Call (440) 227-4592.
This art show, featuring Sorcha Augustine, Scylla Liscombe, Daniel Perales, Jack Shapiro and Nan Summers, will benefit Sarasota Contemporary Dance.
8 p.m. at McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.
Black Diamond Burlesque revisits their best of the best performances, featuring special guest stars.
8 p.m. at WSLR 96.5 Community Radio
$12 in advance; $15 at the door
Zoe Lewis plays jazz, Latin grooves, swing, international folk and funk originals on a wide variety of instruments.
MONDAY, JAN. 16
6:30 p.m. at Mandeville Beer Garden, 428 N. Lemon Ave.
The Yoga Shack and Mandeville Beer Garden team up for a night of beer and yoga. Attend the yoga class, taught by The Yoga Shack co-owner Nikka Colorado, and stick around afterward for local Polpo Pizza Co., and beer and kombucha for purchase from Mandeville's selection.
7 p.m. at Baker & Wife, 2157 Siesta Dr.
Spice Pop Up Restaurant celebrates its new monthly home at Baker & Wife with this Caribbean-inspired, one-night-only menu, featuring modern takes on classic island dishes. Tickets include four courses and one free drink.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18
7 p.m. at Calusa Brewing, 5701 Derek Ave.
Re-live your arcade glory days at Calusa’s new bracket-style retro video game tournament. The winner gets not only bragging rights, but also a free growler full of any beer on tap.