A look at our favorite events taking place this week
THURSDAY, FEB. 11
6 to 9 p.m. at Libby's L-Bar, 1917 S. Osprey Ave.
LDG Productions presents an evening of New York-style cabaret music, featuring Michael Ross and special guests Danny Jordan and Maureik Robison. No cover.
'There's No Business Like Shul Business'
7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Rd
The Bay Area Cantorial Association will make its Sarasota premiere with this concert, celebrating Jewish life with musical solos and ensembles, covering a wide range of genres and cultures. on Thursday, February 11,
FRIDAY, FEB. 12
5 p.m. at Darwin Brewing Company, 803 17th Ave. W. Bradenton
Local beer and local crafts are the focus of this recurring event and collaboration between Geraldson Community Farm and Darwin Brewing Company. Meet your local farmers and artisans and enjoy freshly prepared food, local music and craft beer in a beautiful brewery setting. Dogs welcome.
5 to 8 p.m. at La Dona Donuts, 4567 Bee Ridge Road
$6. Pre-registration required.
Treat your sweet tooth at this Valentine's Day event. Decorate three miniature La Dona doughnuts to take home as gifts or enjoy yourself. Call for availability.
The Circus Arts Conservatory Presents: 'Red, White & BELLO'
7 p.m. under the Big Top at Nathan Benderson Park, 140 University Town Center Drive
$15 to $5
Local seventh-generation circus performer Bello Nock stars in this winter performance, which also features Sarasota's "Queen of the Air," Dolly Jacobs, who will soar through the air. Other performers include Nock's daughter, Annaliese, foot jugglers, acrobatic mountain bikers, speed juggling and aerial bubble performances.
New Stages: Kate Weare Company 'UNSTRUCK'
7:30 p.m. at the Historic Asolo Theatre, 5401 Bay Shore Road
$30, $25 for members and $10 for students
This dance trio explores movement and sound, featuring an original score by composer Curtis Macdonald. The performance explores the concept of the heart chakra, or unstruck sound, which is the sound of the celestial realm and associated with balance, calmness and serenity. Runs Friday and Saturday.
7:30 p.m. at The Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail
$25; $12 for students
Support the Players Endowment Fund by singing along to the iconic movie, "The Sound of Music." Costumes encouraged.
8 p.m. at Urbanite Theatre, 1487 Second St.
$24, or $5 for students
This Urbanite production is more than just an eye-grabbing title. Although, we have to admit, the bold choice did pique our interests — who doesn't enjoy a strategically placed expletive? Beyond that, this play is an irreverent, comical contemporary remix of Anton Chekhov’s "The Seagull." Written by award-winning playwright Aaron Posner, "Stupid F%#*ing Bird" both mocks and pays homage to Chekhov, while exploring how disappointing love, art and growing up can be. Life's a drag, am I right? Runs through March 13.
New Music New College: Eliza Ladd: 'Selfie of the Ancients'
8 p.m. at the Black Box Theatre, New College of Florida, 5800 Bay Shore Road
Sometimes, the inability to define something is what makes it great. This hard-to-describe performance, a mix of dance, movement and sound, explores the idea behind a selfie and how it might apply to our ancestors and their legacies.
SATURDAY, FEB. 13
Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. downtown Sarasota, 1718 Main St.
Enjoy outdoor art exhibits and shop for that last-minute Valentine’s Day gift at this 28th annual festival featuring paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage and mixed media. Runs Saturday and Sunday.
3 to 7 p.m. at Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail
Free; $5 per print
This annual party gives the public a chance to interact with the artists of SARTQ. Enjoy live music, food and the exhibitions on display at Art Center Sarasota while getting your own clothing screen printed.
Key Chorale: 'Bach and Beethoven'
4 p.m. at at First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave.
$25 to $35
Key Chorale celebrates the work of Bach and Beethoven with professional soloists and members of the Sarasota Orchestra, conducted by artistic director Joseph Caulkins. The concert will feature Bach’s “Magnificat” and Beethoven’s “Mass in C Major.” Joining Key Chorale will be Angela Mortellaro, Carol Sparrow, Blake Friedman and Todd William Donovan.
7:30 p.m. at The Beach Club, 5151 Ocean Blvd.
The band for the evening says it all. Guilty Pleasures will provide the soundtrack for this Valentine's Day party. Declare yourself naughty of nice by wearing black or red, then hit the dance floor.
7:30 p.m. at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.
$19 to $135
Beethoven’s two-act grand opera — and the only one he ever wrote — takes place in a Spanish prison and is an ode to the virtues of love, perseverance, heroism and justice.
SUNDAY, FEB. 14
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The Blue Rooster, 1525 Fourth St.
$24.95, $12 for children 12 and younger and free for children younger than 5
Enjoy a southern buffet and live gospel music at this weekly event. This week's performer is Truality, a high-energy contemporary gospel band.
Suncoast Jazz Ambassadors
3 p.m. at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St.
Eric Guth will direct this concert, featuring big-band classics, such as “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,”
“Moten Swing,” “That’s Life” and more. Following intermission, Joe Bruno and Friends will perform Dixieland favorites.
8 p.m. at McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.
Romance your sweetheart with an elegant Valentine's Day-themed burlesque show, featuring tease acts, vaudevillian performances and live music.
MONDAY, FEB. 15
'Spectrum,' 'SARTQ: Print,' 'ASALH Black Muse' and 'Visually Speaking'
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail
Art Center Sarasota's current exhibitions include "SART Q: Print," a collection of small-scale limited prints by SARTQ members; "Spectrum," an experimental installation with work from three artists; "ASALH: Black Muse," a curated exhibit of the member artists of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History; and "Visually Speaking," an open, all-media, all-subject juried exhibit.
Miró String Quartet
7:30 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail
$30 to $65
The Sarasota Concert Association presents The Miró String Quartet, a critically acclaimed group known for its technical finesse and dynamic live shows. The quartet will perform works by Haydn, Ginastera and Beethoven.
TUESDAY, FEB. 16
7:30 p.m. at the Asolo repertory Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
$24 to $81
Set in New England, Eugene O'Neill's comedic play looks back to an idyllic age of goodness and honesty. The playwright, best known for his tragic stories, takes on a lighter genre, beautifully portraying American family life in this coming-of-age story.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 17
'Hands on a Hardbody'
7:30 p.m. at the Players Theatre, 780 N. Tamiami Trail
$12 to $25
The Players Theatre presents “Hands on a Hardbody” as part of its 86th Broadway season. This musical, which tells the story of a group of contestants vying for a new car. Runs through March 6.
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