A look at our favorite events taking place this week.
Thursday, Jan. 18
Chamber Soiree 5: ‘Splendid Colors’
5:30 p.m. at Holley Hall, 709 N. Tamiami Trail
Masterworks soloist and award-winning pianist Lukáš Vondráček joins the Sarasota String Quartet in this Sarasota Orchestra performance, which features favorites such as Dvořák’s “Quintet, Ibert’s lush “Trio” and Francaix’s “Divertissement.” A second performance takes place 4 p.m. Sunday at Holley Hall.
FIRST Longhaus Pop-Up Photography Exhibition — Outtakes: A Spectacle of Errors Opening Reception
5:30 p.m. at Longhaus, 1878 University Parkway
We all make mistakes, but Longhaus want to put them on display. This exhibit is a collection of misfires and other mistakes by photographers. Light refreshments will be served at opening reception. Runs through Jan. 20.
‘Singin’ in the Rain’
The Players Centre For Performing Arts
7:30 p.m. at The Players Main Stage, 838 N. Tamiami Trail
$27 to $32; Students $14
This iconic musical about the transition of movies from silent to sound in the late 1920s is coming to the Players Main Stage. Based on the 1952 classic film of the same name, this fun, romantic trip back in time is led by Don Lockwood, Cosmo Brown and Kathy Selden and features classics such as “Make’em Laugh,” “Good Mornin’” and “Singin’ in the Rain,” of course. Runs through Feb. 4.
Friday, Jan. 19
Jazz at Two: Kitt Moran Quartet
2 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road
$15; Members $10
Jazz Club of Sarasota spices up every Friday afternoon with a concert, and this week’s performer is jazz singer Kitt Moran. Moran has recorded with artists such as Don Sebesky, Teo Macero and Rosemary Clooney. A dollar from every admission goes to the Jazz Club Scholarship Fund.
6:30 and 8:50 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.
Many comedy fans know Bobby Collins for his classic bits such as “...on the inside!” but he’ll keep this set fresh for both new and repeat audience members alike by including several observations from his travels and everyday life.
Maestro Hector Olivera in Concert
7 p.m. at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 2506 Gulf Gate Drive
Help St. Thomas More Catholic Church celebrate the rededication of its Rodgers Organ in its recently remodeled space with a special concert featuring internationally acclaimed organist and virtuoso Maestro Hector Olivera. The organ, which was custom designed by Olivera, now comprises 110 ranks, with Rufatti pipes in the front and the original Gres Miles antiphonal organ pipes in the back of church.
Saturday, Jan. 20
3rd Annual Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Gulfstream Avenue and Main Street near JD Hamel Park
Enjoy some of Sarasota’s best (and most fresh) catches at this two-day festival. Whether you want grouper, mahi-mahi, stone crabs, oysters, shrimp or a different marine delicacy, it’s bound to be offered. Stick around for the drinks and musical acts, including RJ Howson, Sarasota Steel Pan Band, Hard Luck Society and Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio.
Luxury Pop! Art Show: Meet the Artists
6 p.m. at Chasen Galleries, 1830 S Osprey Avenue, Suite 102
Add some color to your life with a bold, vibrant pop art piece. Meet the iconic artists behind the works — including Romero Britto, Peter Max, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein and Jim Dine — 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the gallery.
Lerner/Filiano/Grassi New Music New College
8 p.m. at Club Sudakoff, 5845 General Dougher Place
$15, Free with subscription
Pianist Marilyn Lerner returns for her third New Music New College performance, which will showcase her skillful technique and impressive knack for improvisation. She’ll be joined by bassist Ken Filiano and drummer Lou Grassi.
Andrew Collins Trio
8 p.m. at Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court
$15; $18 day of
Seven-time Canadian Folk Music Award winning mandolin maestro Andrew Collins is joined by guitar, mandolin, fiddle and mandola player Mike Mezzatesta and James McEleney on the bass, mandocello and vocals. Buckle up for a dizzying collision of bluegrass, folk, jazz, classical
Sunday, Jan. 21
Nik’s Pick: Big Top Mac ‘N Cheese Cook Off
Do you think you have what it takes to win this battle of the macs? The cheesier, the better at this mac ‘n cheese competition that will put mac connoisseurs to the test. Not a cook? Not a problem — a competition isn’t complete without taste tasters. All proceeds go to Feeding Empty Little Tummies (FELT), a local nonprofit that works to provide nutritious meals to homeless students in the Sarasota area.
If You Go
When: 1 p.m. Sunday
Where: Big Top Brewing Co., 6111 Porter Way, Unit B
Tickets: $10 to enter the contest; $10 for an all-you-can-eat food ticket; Children 12 and under $5 to eat
Bella Hristova and Amy Yang
3 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 7750 S. Beneva Road
Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents acclaimed violinist Bella Hristova as part of the Young Concert Artists International series. Hiristova was praised by The Washington Post as “a player of impressive power and control,” and she’s also the winner of several awards. She’ll be joined by pianist Amy Yang for a night of Poulenc, Ludwig and Brahms.
Don't Miss: Sunset at Phillippi — Farm to Fork Dinner
Support the Historic Keith Farmhouse Renovation at Phillippi Estate Park by taking a seat at this four-course dinner. Enjoy live music by Sal Garcia of Omni and artwork by the Light Chasers, plein air painters of the Suncoast, while you dine on chef Paul Mattison’s meal prepared with local products from the Phillippi Estate Farmer’s Market. Presented by Friends of Sarasota County Parks.
If You Go
When: 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Edson Keith Mansion at Phillippi Estate Park , 5500 S. Tamiami Trail
America’s Diamond Live starring Jay White
8 p.m. at Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice
Endorsed by Neil Diamond himself, Jay White embodies everything about one of America’s most beloved musical icons — from his style of dress to his unforgettable voice. His tribute performance to “The World’s Classiest Rock Star” will include “America,” “Cherry,” “Forever in Blue Jeans,” and of course “Sweet Caroline.” Runs through Jan. 22.
Wednesday, Jan. 24
The Art Music Connection — Art Music Lecture by Bill Buchman
5:30 p.m. at Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail,
Members $10; Nonmembers $12; Students with ID $5
Visual art and music lovers alike will take interest in this multi-disciplinary lecture by artist Bill Buchman. He’ll use musical instruments and paint to show the numerous parallels that exist between both artforms and how they mirror each other.
Speed Painter Lance Brown
6 p.m. in the Sanctuary of Englewood United Methodist Church, 700 E. Dearborn St.
Free, donations accepted
Lance Brown is a performance artist who happens to be colorblind — but you can watch him complete vibrant Christian art on large canvases in less than six minutes.
8 p.m. at Florida Studio Theatre — Gompertz Theatre, 1265 First St.
This story of culture clash centers on Pablo, a high powered lawyer, and doctoral candidate Tania, his pregnant wife. They think they’re living the American dream, but an argument with their picture-perfect neighbors soon turns into a comedic battle. Runs through March 25.