A look at our favorite events taking place this week.
Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota
11 a.m. at Michael’s On East, 1212 S. East Ave.
Enjoy lunch and a concert at this feast of Brahms. Joseph Holt accompanies four first-chair musicians from the Sarasota Orchestra: Natalie Helm, cello; Daniel Jordan, violin; Joshua Horne, French horn; and Bharat Chandra, clarinet, who will play Brahms Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano and the Brahms Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano.
7 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.
$18 to $21
Founder of The Boston Comedy Festival, New York Comedy Competition and Cheers Comedy Club, Jim McCue is ready to bring his jokes to Sarasota. Enjoy an evening with McCue, who has been featured on Comedy Central, Comcast Comedy Spotlight, NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and “Roughing It” on NESN.
7:30 p.m. at Holley Hall, 709 N. Tamiami Trail
Travel “Over the Rainbow” and take a “Flight to Neverland” at this cinematic concert. Sarasota Orchestra is ready to celebrate some of the audience’s favorite things. Enjoy tunes from the “Sound of Music,” “Hook,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Star Wars” and more with this movie-driven program.
"Reflections of Collaboration" Opening Reception
5:30 p.m. at Grace Howl Contemporary Art, 419-421 Central Ave.
Abstract artist Grace Howl, printmaker and surrealist Amy Ernst and works on paper artist Kate Hendrickson came together in a unique collaboration between various disciplines to create three works of art for a good cause. Starting at the opening, guests can bid on the collaborative works through a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit the Pines of Sarasota Foundation Love Lives Here campaign. Exhibit and auction runs through April 6.
6 p.m. at Hermitage Artist Retreat, 6660 Manasota Key Road
Free, but reservations requested
Call 475-2098, Ext. 8.
Ever want to get inside an artist’s head? Now’s your chance with a tour of painter and Hermitage Visual Artist-In-Residence Robert Bordo’s studio. Afterward, guests can enjoy beach readings by writers-in-residence.
7:30 p.m. under the Ulla Searing Big Top at Nathan Benderson Park, 140 University Town
$20 to $55
Every year, Key Chorale teams up with Circus Arts Conservatory for a high-flying musical collaboration featuring over 100 voices accompanied by a 40-piece orchestra. This year, the music of composer Danny Elfman, best known for his work with director Tim Burton on projects like “Beetlejuice,” will take center stage. Runs through March 25.
8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail
Triple threat comedian, actor and author Lewis Black is bringing his The Joke’s on US Tour to Sarasota for one night only. Balancing between optimism and anger, Lewis’s performances bring laughter to audiences while pointing out the absurdities of our reality. His shows have sold out Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center among other renowned theaters.
Come celebrate with four years of local brews at Big Top’s birthday party. Sip special release beers High Wire Walk by Blake Wallenda and enjoy live circus acts such as aerial silks, Spanish web, acrobatics, clowns and juggling provided by The Circus Arts Conservatory. Other festivities include inflatable amusements, food trucks, live music by Babyl, a cornhole tournament and some majestic felines from Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary.
If You Go
When: 11 a.m. Saturday
Where: Big Top Brewing Co., 6111 Porter Way, Unit B
Cost: $10 wristband supports The Circus Arts Conservatory by giving you $4 core beers and Circus Arts Honey Blonde Ale all day long
Info: Call 371-2939.
7 p.m. at the Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Venice
You may have seen this little guy on season 11 of “America’s Got Talent” as a semifinalist. Now, the world’s youngest professional magician, Kadan Bart Rockett, is coming to Venice. The whole family will enjoy this evening of humor, illusions and wonder.
7:30 p.m. at Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton
Strap on your dancing shoes and get ready to twirl in various styles throughout this evening of multicultural dance. Join the Manatee Community Concert Band for a toe-tapping evening featuring styles from swing to polka. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the free concert entertainment.
7:30 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Road
Nonmembers $35; members $30; students $5
One of Europe’s most renowned guitar duos is coming to Sarasota. Acclaimed by the public and critics alike, The Kupiński Guitar Duo is celebrated for its mutual technique, passion, quality of sound and elegance. The pair is also unique in that they double as music teachers and perform on English guitars made by the luthier Philip Woodfield.
8 p.m. at Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court
$15 in advance; $18 day of
Take a brief trip to India by hearing the sounds that make this culture so unique. Enjoy both classical and contemporary Indian music performed by Selva Ganesh, the popular percussionist, with the Band WAHH’s Rajib Karmakar on Sitar and Shankh Lahiri on Tabla.
The Pops Orchestra of Bradenton and Sarasota is pulling out all the stops for its season finale. Jazz piano legend Dick Hyman will share the stage with the orchestra, bringing with him several decades of experience as a pianist, composer and arranger. Jazz fans won’t want to miss this concert by an Emmy Award winner and member of the Jazz Hall of Fame performing hits such as “The Entertainer” and a medley from the musical “Chicago.”
If You Go:
When and Where: 3 p.m. Sunday at Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way; and 7:30 p.m. Monday at Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton
Tickets: $20; student at the door $5, premium $25
Info: Call 926-7677.
8 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 1031 S. Euclid Ave.
This unique orchestral group presents two of Europe’s influential 20th-century masters in this one-of-a-kind performance. This concert of Berio’s “Sequenza III” features Sarasota mezzo-soprano Thea Lobo, and Boulez’s epic masterwork “Le Marteau Sans Maitre” based on three surrealist poems of René Char is for a mixed ensemble.
11 a.m. at FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
Get a “behind the curtain” look at Asolo Repertory Theatre’s production of “Gloria” in this special series featuring the people who make it happen. Get a rare look into the artistic process and hear what it’s like producing the work you see on stage.
7:30 p.m. at The Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 N. Tamiami Trail
$14 to $32
The Players’ season closer follows Fanny Brice, a nobody who dreams of becoming somebody. After a great deal of determination, she becomes a star of the Ziegfeld Follies. Set in New York City just prior to and following World War I, audiences will enjoy hearing classics such as “Don’t Rain on My Parade.” Runs through April 15