A look at our favorite events taking place this week.
Thursday, Jan. 25
Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota
11 a.m. at Michael’s On East, 1212 S. East Ave.
Married duo Jenny Kim-Godfrey (coloratura soprano) and Jonathan Godfrey (guitarist) form the musical group Corda Voce — Italian for “string voice.” Together, both performers contribute to a blend of cabaret, classical, jazz, and popular music that makes up their diverse repertoire, which is focused on songs not originally written for guitar.
Nik’s Pick: Open-Mic Poetry Reading
Sandy Pool, an award-nominated poet and professor of English and creative writing at New College of Florida, hosts this fun, creative evening for fans and writers of poetry. This event is not a competition, it’s an open-mic-style poetry reading open to poets of all levels. Come read poems you’ve written yourself or works by other poets you love.
If You Go
When: 7 p.m. Thursday
Where: Origami Air, 1063 Patterson Drive
Info: Call 468-4049.
Great Escapes 3: ‘Amadeus’
7:30 p.m. at Holley Hall, 709 N. Tamiami Trail
Musicians just wanna have fun. From Mozart to Bernstein, this program exposes the fascinating and sometimes shocking stories behind several famous musicians and their work. Experience a night of Schubert, Botessini, Liszt, Berlioz, Puccini and more with Sarasota Orchestra and guest conductor Stefan Sanders. Runs through Saturday.
7:30 p.m. at Cook Theatre, FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
$10 to $45
Sarasota Contemporary Dance is “reaching new heights this year,” as its 12th season catch phrase implies. Be a part of this defining moment in the company’s history by experiencing the annual SCD concert, which will feature creative dance works by internationally acclaimed contemporary choreographers. Runs through Jan. 28.
‘Driving Miss Daisy’
7:30 p.m. at Kiwanis Studio Theater, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton
Manatee Players takes on a classic story with “Driving Miss Daisy,” which follows the relationship of an elderly white Jewish woman, Daisy Werthan, and her African-American chauffeur, Hoke Colburn, in the South from 1948 to 1973. Runs through Feb. 11.
8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail
$81 to $136
Anyone who was a teen in the ’50s knows these tunes by heart. Iconic singer and songwriter Paul Anka is coming to Sarasota. Enjoy hits like “Put Your Head On My Shoulder,” “My Way” and many more.
Friday, Jan. 26
Don’t Miss: Artist Spotlight: Mike Decker Design
Whether you’re enticed by the food, the beer or the art, this Calusa Brewing event will have something for everyone. Check out the work of local artist Mike Decker, whose designs are unique in their style of inlayed, mosaic wood carvings — and they’re of your favorite pop culture icons. Michael J Weiss Music will take the stage at 7 p.m. and Mouthole BBQ will also be selling its sweet meat at 6 p.m.
If You Go
When: 6 p.m. Friday
Where: Calusa Brewing, 5701 Derek Ave.
Info: Call 922-8150.
7:30 p.m. at FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
$30 to $120
Sarasota Ballet is pushing the limits of gender and casting with its latest triple-bill production. Full of contemporary pieces — a departure from the company’s classical roots — the show will feature two ballets with split-gender casts, one of which is the traditionally all-male “Troy Game” by Robert North. Runs through Jan. 29.
Circus: Wandering City
7:30 p.m. at Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road
$30; Students with ID $10
Traveling string quartet Ethel is known for refusing to fit a specific type of music. The group’s affinity for modern, genre-defying storytelling caught the attention of The Ringling, which commissioned this group to write and perform an original piece to tell the story of the circus. Runs through Jan. 27.
8 p.m. at Urbanite Theatre, 1487 Second St.
$5 to $29
An emergency situation turns into a life-changing encounter between two strangers in this Urbanite Theatre production. After a coal miner is trapped in a deadly collapse, he connects with the first responder who finds him — and a conversation about mortality, acceptance and spirituality ensues. Runs through March 11.
8 p.m. at Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court
$15; $20 day of
Singer and songwriter Ellis Paul is much more than a musician. He’s an author, a former track star and ex-social work student who now identifies as a storyteller, using the medium of folk music to share his perception of the world.
Saturday, Jan. 27
St. Armands Winter Art Festival
St. Armands Circle Association
10 a.m. at St. Armands Circle Park, 411 St. Armands Circle
Enjoy art by some of America’s most creative minds at this two-day festival. Collectors of jewelry, pottery, paintings and much more will have plenty to peruse. Runs through Jan. 28.
Brooks + Scarpa ‘Ordinary and Extraordinary’ Opening Reception
6 p.m. at Center for Architecture Sarasota, 265 S. Orange Ave.
“Ordinary And Extraordinary: Architecture of Heightened Awareness” is an exhibit created by Brooks + Scarpa, a collective of architects, designers and creative minds from Los Angeles who are dedicated to enhancing the human experience. A VIP reception will kick off the exhibit, which is free and runs through April 14.
Sunday, Jan. 28
Back Home Again, A Tribute to John Denver
8 p.m. at Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice
Tom Becker, former member of the New Christy Minstrels pays tribute to one of music’s biggest stars in this evening of musical storytelling. Enjoy — and feel free to sing along to — favorite John Denver songs like “Country Roads,” and “Rocky Mountain High.” Runs through Jan. 29.
Monday, Jan. 29
7:30 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail
$30 to $125
This renowned group will perform an all-Beethoven concert, featuring Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral), Symphony No. 2 and Leonore Overture No. 3. Presented by Sarasota Concert Association.
*Correction: The print edition of the Jan. 25 A&E calendar incorrectly listed the date of Back Home Again, A Tribute to John Denver and The Cleveland Orchestra. Both are is listed correctly above.