A look at our favorite events taking place this week.
Thursday, March 15
St. Patrick’s Taste of Spanish Point 2018
5:30 p.m. at Historic Spanish Point, 337 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey
$30; two tickets $50
You don’t have to wait until St. Patrick’s day to pretend you’re Irish. Celebrate the land of all things green by sipping local craft brews and wines, munching on appetizers from Sarasota County restaurants and listening to live music by Mountain Brew.
Mike Solomon "Native Shore" Opening Reception
5:30 p.m. at Alfstad& Contemporary, 1419 Fifth St.
"Native Shore" celebrates Solomon's return to his hometown of Sarasota after almost 40 years away. Growing up, the artist says he became a "water person" and still feels most at peace along the shore — a theme reflected through the aqueous colors and translucent depths of his paintings. Exhibition runs through April 14, 2018.
7 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.
$18 to $21
It’s easy to see why Julie Scoggins is often called the “Queen of Clubs.” She often sells out comedy venues from Oregon to Florida, and she’s regularly heard on XM’s Sirius Blue Collar Radio. Runs through March 18.
Don't Miss: Masterworks 6: Lift-Off
Let Sarasota Orchestra take your imagination on a cosmic journey with this evening of heavenly, out-of-this-world music. Hear the orchestra play Holst’s “The Planets” and Roger Zare’s “Lift-Off” as well as a performance of several Mozart concert arias sung by soprano Pureum Jo.
If You Go
When: 8 p.m. Thursday. Runs through March 18.
Where: Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton
Tickets: From $33
Info: Call 953-3434.
Friday, March 16
Concert at Noon: Studio and Apprentice Artists
Noon at Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.
Experience the future of operatic talent firsthand with this hour-long concert by Sarasota Opera’s Apprentice Artists. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Light Chasers Members and Featured Artist Show Opening Night
5 p.m. Edson Keith Mansion, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail
Free, donations accepted
Enjoy local landscape artwork while sipping beverages and listening to live music at the opening night reception for two Light Chasers Plein Air Painters of the Suncoast shows, its Member Show and the Featured Artists of the Light Chasers Show. Prizes awarded at 7 p.m.
Towles Court Art Walk
5 p.m. at Towles Court Artist Colony, 1938 Adams Lane
Every third Friday, enjoy a stroll through the Towles Court Artist Colony for food, various types of art and live music by Latin Rendezvous.
Conversation and Book Signing with Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA
6 p.m. at Center for Architecture Sarasota, 265 S. Orange Ave.
$20 for members; $35 for nonmembers
Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA, of renowned architectural firm Brooks + Scarpa, will give a talk about the influential architects who work at the intersection of fine art and socially responsive design within his firm. Scarpa is the author of “John Howey Associates: MAS VII (Master Architect)” and co-author of “Guy Peterson: Naked: The Coastal Architecture of Guy Peterson.”
The Takács Quartet
Sarasota Concert Association
7:30 p.m. at Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way
$30 to $72
See this skillful group of musicians perform for the last time with two of its founding members at this dynamic concert. The program includes Mozart’s String Quartet No. 14 (“Spring”), Dohnányi’s String Quartet No. 2 and Beethoven’s String Quartet in C-sharp Minor.
7:30 p.m. at The Players Centre for Performing Arts,838 N. Tamiami Trail
We dare you to stay still at this toe-tapping performance. Join The Players’ dance troupe, The Flash Tappers, for a show themed “All About Tap!” featuring choreography from artists such as Gene Kelly and Ruby Keeler. Take a seat and you’ll experience several styles of tap, musical genres and costumes.
Saturday, March 17
10th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Block Party
Noon at The Shamrock, 2257 Ringling Blvd.
Sarasota’s rowdiest St. Patrick’s Day celebration is roaring into its 10th year, and there is no shortage of festivities to celebrate. First pint is at 9 a.m. Saturday, and live entertainment starts at noon. Enjoy everything from Irish jigs with the Drake School of Irish Dance to some “dad rock,” as members of Physical Plant like to self-identify. Event benefits the Sarasota YMCA Youth Shelter.
Art Up Close Panel Discussion: ‘Artists and Social Responsibilities’
2 p.m. at Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail
Free, but RSVP
Email [email protected].
What is the role of artists and cultural institutions within their communities during periods of political disorder? That’s the question this panel discussion, moderated by Ringling College of Art and Design Chief Curator Mark Ormond, will examine with panel members Douglas Chismar, Bridget Elmer, Christopher Jones, Carolyn Mason and Maureik Robison.
‘From Broadway to Hollywood’ with Pianist Richard Glazier
Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota
7:30 p.m. at Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road
$25 to $45
Pianist Richard Glazier is bringing the sounds of “La La Land” and “The Great White Way” to Sarasota. This evening of popular music will focus on songs that first found fame on Broadway and were later heard in the movies. Selections include “People,” “One” and medleys from “West Side Story” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” Runs through Sunday.
Sunday, March 18
10:30 a.m. at The Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria
Get your toes in the sand, enjoy some locally sourced, fresh seafood and jam out to the sounds of Al Hixon’s Jazz Quartet, featuring Barbara Jordan, Wayne Shannon, Tim Robinson, Bob Holden and Bob Felman — all with a beach view.
Meet Disney Artist Tim Rogerson
11 a.m. at madeby gallery, 2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Tim Rogerson is a 2004 illustration alumnus of Ringling College of Art and Design who is one of only 25 artists in the world allowed to re-create Disney art. Guests can meet Rogerson and have him autograph a purchase of any of his artwork.
Sybarite5 featuring Black Diamond Burlesque
8:30 p.m. at McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.
Black Diamond Burlesque is back at McCurdy's with some unusual yet equally sensual guests. SYBARITE5 is a dynamic chamber music group from New York City whose latest album debuted at Billboard's #1 spot on the Traditional Classical Albums chart. The two groups will come together for a spotlight striptease performance celebrating the frivolity of vaudeville.
Monday, March 19
Nik's Pick: The 26th Annual Silver Fox Show
This professionally directed troupe of volunteer performers is back for its annual Carol Burnett-style variety show, which combines singing, dancing and sketch comedy with a focus on the “Blockbusters of Broadway.” Runs through March 24.
If You Go
When: 7 p.m. Monday
Where: Venice Theatre, 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice
Info: Call 488-1115.
Wednesday, March 20
6 p.m. at AlexArt International Art Gallery, 25 N. Pineapple Ave.
Call (813) 465-1249.
Once the world’s youngest CEO of an automobile manufacturing company, Piero Rivolta will share his story and a night of poetry over light bites and refreshments in anticipation of his newest work.