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Arts and Entertainment Wednesday, Apr. 13, 2016 3 years ago

This Week in Sarasota: Thursday, April 14

A look at our favorite events taking place this week
by: Nick Friedman Managing Editor of Arts and Culture


Sweetgrass Farm to Fork Dinner by Chef Paul Mattison 

6:30 p.m. at Sweetgrass Farms, 8350 Carolina St.


Call 350-3596. 

Join Chef Paul Mattison as he serves up a five-course farm-to-fork wine dinner in collaboration with Sweetgrass Farms to benefit Caring for Children Charities. The meal will be matched with wines from Landmark Vineyards and JUSTIN Winery. 



7 p.m. at the Sarasota Visual and Performing Arts Center, 3201 N. Orange Ave. 

$10 or $5 for students 

Call 355-2967. 

Based in the Middle Ages, this play by Booker VPA tells the story of Pippin, a young prince searching for his own significance. Runs through April 16. 


'Doubt, A Parable

8 p.m. at The Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail


Call 365-2494. 

The Players Theatre presents this drama, written by John Patrick Shanley, which follows Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, as she investigates the suspected improper relations of Father Flynn with a young, male student. Runs through April 24.  



April Macie

7 and 9:30 p.m. at McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd. 

$15 to $19

Call 925-3869. 

A finalist on NBC's Last Comic Standing, April Macie has performed stand-up comedy across the world. She will perform in Sarasota through April 17. 


Sarasota Orchestra Pops 3: 'The Beat Goes On

8 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail 

$32 to $82

Call 953-3368.

In this orchestral and vocal concert, guest conductor Jack Everly will revive songs from the 1960s. The program will feature classics by the Beatles, the Beach Boys and the Supremes.  Runs through April 16. 



World Circus Day Open House

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Showfolks of Sarasota, 5204 N. Lockwood Ridge Road


Call (410) 812-9297. 

In celebration of World Circus Day, visit the 50 year old Showfolks of Sarasota club. Enjoy photos of past performers, original art, unique costumes, elephant blankets, and free hot dogs, chips, and soda. 


14th Annual Sarasota Art and Craft Festival 

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Five Points Park, N. Pineapple Ave. 


Call (561) 746-6615.

This two-day event showcases handmade crafts, functional art, pottery, clothing, stained glass and more.


4th Annual Sweetwater 420 Fest

1 p.m. at World of Beer, 8217 Tourist Center Drive


Call 306-5868. 

Enjoy Sweetwater beer specials and live music featuring The I.P.A. Band and SowFlo.  


'Faces of Change'

2 p.m. at the Historic Asolo Theatre, 5401 Bay Shore Road

Free; reservation required

Call 351-8000. 

Featuring community members of diverse backgrounds, this annual documentary theater project explores the question: How does faith both connect and divide us in America today? Additional performance 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 18, at Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court.

PMP Alumni: In Concert

3 p.m. at the Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Venice


Call 480-3191. 

This concert features the Ariel Quartet, known for its soulful interpretations and international reputation.


'Snow Queen'

6 p.m. at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave. 

$17 to $37

Call 328-1300. 

Performed by the Sarasota School of Russian Ballet, this show is the first original ballet created specifically for the school's students and guest artists.


The Music of Harry James

7:30 p.m. at the Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way

$20 for Jazz Club members or $25 for guests 

Call 366-1552.

Celebrate the centennial of Harry James' birth with The Nate Najar Trio and trumpeter James Suggs for an evening of jazz. 


National Competition For Voice

7:30 p.m. at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail

Free; ticket required

Call 306-1202 or visit

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota hosts a competition for 12 young singers from around the country, will compete for recognition and thousands of dollars in prize money.



O Som Do Jazz

1 p.m. at Selby Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave.

Free for members; $10 for member guests; $19 for adults; $6 for kids

Call 366-5731.

Part of the Garden Music Series, this St. Petersburg-based jazz band features singer Andrew Moraes Manson along with experienced Brazilian jazz musicians. 



Ringling by the Bay

5 to 8 p.m. at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

$10; free for members

Call 358-3180.

This evening includes live music, dancing, and food on the Ringling's Bolger Campiello. Paisley Craze, a five-piece band specializing in 1960s classics, will be performing throughout the evening.



Taste Magazine's Spring Progressive Dinner

6:30 to 9 p.m. at Fandango Mediterranean Cafe, 1812 S. Osprey Ave. 


Call 366-7950.

Dine at three favorite Sarasota restaurants with transportation by Sarasota Trolley while benefitting Mayors' Feed the Hungry. 


'Mamma Mia!'

8 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail 

$50 to $75

Call 953-3368.

Enjoy this world-renowned musical featuring the timeless hits of ABBA and follow the love story of Sophie as she uncovers family secrets on the eve of her wedding. Runs through April 20. 



Goundbreaking of the Kotler-Coville Glass Pavilion

9 a.m. at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road


Call 358-3180.

Celebrate the new 5,500-square-foot Kotler-Coville Glass Pavilion which will be located at the main entrance of The Ringling, showcasing the museum's growing permanent collection of American and European studio glass. 


'Driving Miss Daisy'

8 p.m. at the West Coast Black Theatre, 1646 10th Way 

$36, or $22 for students and active military with valid ID

Call 366-1505. 

See the classic story that follows the evolving relationship between a stern Jewish widow and an African-American chauffeur. This timeless tale, directed by Howard Millman, will be performed through May 28. 

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