A look at our favorite events taking place this week.
Thursday, March 1
‘Ring Them Bells’ with Ring Sarasota
11 a.m. at Michael’s On East, 1212 S. East Ave.
Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota hosts Ring Sarasota, the region’s premier handbell ensemble, for a performance of “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “Georgia on My Mind,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Hey Jude” and much more. This concert is more than you’d ever expect to hear from a handbell ensemble — and lunch is included, so why not?
7 p.m. at Bowne’s Lab Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, 1265 First St.
$19 to $39
This play revolves around a difficult question: Can one word change the course of someone’s life? A mundane encounter between a man and a woman leads to a mesmerizing adventure through time and space. Science and romance clash in this atypical love story centering on the difference between choice and destiny. Runs through March 16.
8 p.m. at Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice
$34; college $17; youth $15
Broadway and Motown fans rejoice, because a dazzling Tony Award winner is gracing the Venice Theatre stage. “Dreamgirls” is a backstage glimpse of the music business that gives audiences a look at the rise of a Motown girl group whose slick promoter stirs the pot when he demotes the lead singer in favor of a more glamorous songstress who used to sing backup. Runs through March 18.
8 p.m. at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road
$15; Members and students with ID free
The March edition of this monthly art event that combines live music and experiential art features performances by Millionyoung, DieAlps! and Eduardo Correa along with art by Maggie Dillon, Javo Rodrique and Elizabeth Goodwill.
Friday, March 2
Palm Avenue Art Walk — Gallery Reception
6 p.m. at ART Inside, 32 S. Palm Ave.
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The first Friday of every month, art lovers take to the street (Palm Avenue, that is) and enjoy gallery openings, dining, live performances and more as members of the Palm Avenue Arts Alliance entertain the community and its guests. Susan Hurwitch of ART Inside is the gallery’s Spotlight Artist of the Month, and she’ll demonstrate a collage technique during the Palm Avenue Art Walk hours of 6 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 3
Celebrating Jewish Culture Exhibit Opening Night
7 p.m. at Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court
$10; $12 at the door
“Celebrating Jewish Culture” is an art exhibit that aims to showcase Jewish culture and the diversity that exists in Jewish artistic expressions. View works by artists Nadja Marks, Ellen Goldberg Tishman, Lori Charnow, Harry Samtur and Janet Mishner in this captivating collection. The exhibit will be run from March 3 to April 13. Opening night will include music and food that celebrate Jewish culture.
7 p.m. at Old School Bar & Grill, 991 Main St.
We have a feeling you’re “gonna have a good day” listening to this iconic ’90s alternative rap group perform live. Toast to the good old days while also enjoying the group’s latest hits. There will also be nine other acts performing.
7:30 p.m. at Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.
$19 to $139
Druid priestess Norma and Roman official Pollione’s love story begins in Roman-occupied ancient Gaul. Norma has defied her sacred vows and bore two children to her lover, who has lost interest and is now interested in one of the temple virgins. Norma considers murdering the father of her children and is caught in the middle between love and duty.
Asolo Gala After Party
Asolo Repertory Theatre
10:30 p.m. at Louies Modern, 1289 N. Palm Ave.
Call 351-9010, Ext. 4702.
Want to party like an old movie star? Step back in time and enter Old Hollywood’s Ambassador Hotel by enjoying a specialty drink, discounted cash bar, light bites, DJ and entertainment at this late-night after party following Asolo Rep’s Annual Gala 2018: Old Hollywood at Cocoanut Grove.
Sunday, March 4
Nik's Pick: Music for Glorious Royal Occasions
What better way to get ready for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s upcoming nuptials than by hearing the music of the royal weddings before them? The choirs of Church of the Redeemer and St. Boniface Church are teaming up for this unique concert featuring songs that marked several royal occasions, from the coronation of King George II to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
If You Go
When: 5 p.m. Sunday, March 4
Where: Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave.
Tickets: Donation of $15
Info: Call 955-4263.
Monday, March 5
Music Mondays: Narek Arutyunian
Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning
10:30 a.m. at Church of the Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Road and 3 p.m. at Venice Presbyterian Church, 111 Firenze Ave. E., Venice
Narek Arutyunian, 25, was already an international prize winning clarinetist at the age of 16. Since then, his performances have been praised all over the world. The Washington Post says he “reaches passionate depths with seemingly effortless technical prowess and beguiling sensitivity.” His appearance on Music Mondays is definitely a must-see.
Tuesday, March 6
Collection Recollections: Clown College: 50 Years of Serious Fun
10:30 a.m. at Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road
$5; members free
Learn about Irvin Feld’s Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus College from graduate Robin Eurich, who now works for Circus Arts Conservatory. Hear from this longtime circus figure whose experience includes playing the role of Rusty the Handyman on WGN-TV’s “The Bozo Super Sunday Show,” instructing for The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College and performing improv at The Comedy Store. A reception will follow.
March Wine Class: Argentina Wines
6:45 p.m. at Michael’s Wine Cellar, 283 S. Tamiami Trail
Grab a seat and a glass to try some wines that will give you a taste of the country known for tango, empanadas and, to Latin Americans, its wine. Argentina is one of the largest producers of wine in the world — so what are you waiting for?
‘The Wizard of Oz’
8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail
See one of the most beloved children’s stories of all time on its new national tour. This celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film will take families down the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy, Toto and their unlikely friends, the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow. Marvel at the special effects, captivating choreography and classic songs (we dare you not to sing along).
Wednesday, March 7
Wine & Design: Woodland Fascinator Arrangements
6 p.m. at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave.
$125; Members $115
Gather up the squad and enjoy an evening of wine, floral fun and fromage (cheese, duh) with Becki of Flowers by Fudgie. Becki will guide guests through the construction of their own fresh and fashionable floral headpiece — which are all the rage, by the way — and prove that botanical headwear is more than flower crowns.
Don't Miss: Keith Alberstadt
Keith Alberstadt is a funny guy, but he also has a big heart. A regular performer for the U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, Alberstadt has been described as “absolutely hilarious” by Armed Forces Entertainment and “a hidden gem” by the Boston Globe. Not swayed yet? He’s also a contributing writer for “Saturday Night Live’s” Weekend Update and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”
If You Go
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday
When: McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.
Tickets: $18 to $21
Info: Call 925-3869.
Correction: The print version of this calendar that was published March 1 lists the incorrect ticket price for the Music For Glorious Royal Occasions concert on March 4. It has been corrected for this online version.