A look at our favorite events happening this week
THURSDAY, FEB. 18
6 to 9 p.m. at Libby's L-Bar, 1917 S. Osprey Ave.
LDG Productions presents Combo Vimana, a blend of Latin jazz, rumba flamenco and bossa nova. Enjoy live music, cocktails and a full menu.
6 p.m. at JDub's Brewing Co., 1215 Mango Ave.
JDub’s Brewing Co. invites local runners and beer lovers to this weekly 5k run around Ed Smith Stadium and neighboring communities. Runners receive 10% off all beer after the run, free water and towels at the finish line as well as a punch card for free prizes after runs 10, 25 and 50.
7 p.m. at WSLR 96.5 Community Radio, 525 Kumquat Court
Award winning blues musician Doug MacLeod takes the stage to perform his acoustic blues style of American roots music and storytelling.
FRIDAY, FEB. 19
7:30 p.m. at the Players Theatre of Sarasota, 838 N. Tamiami Trail
Pianist and vocalist Brian Gurl and vocalist Michele Pruyn, along with a supporting band, honor the music of American composer George Gershwin, with unique — sometimes humorous — arrangements. Expect fine piano playing, vocal harmonies and plenty of surprises.
"Masterworks 5: Maestro"
8 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
$30 to $89
The Sarasota Orchestra welcomes two guests for its fifth Masterworks series. Veteran conductor Neeme Järvi leads the orchestra through a program of musical heavy-hitters, including Johannes Brahms’ “Tragic Overture in D Minor,” Wilhelm Stenhammar’s “Piano Concerto No. 1” and Richard Strauss’ iconic and cinematic “Also sprach Zarathustra.”
Joining Järvi and the orchestra is accomplished Swedish pianist Per Tengstrand, who was the youngest person ever to be decorated by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden with the country’s Royal Medal Litteris et Artibus for outstanding service to the arts. Runs through Feb. 21.
8:30 p.m. at Cock & Bull Pub, 975 Cattlemen Road
$5, or $10 for minors
Turn on and tune in to this one-night jam-band festival, featuring performances by Free Range Strange, Controlled Fall, Alex Foster, Ancient Infinite and Treedomm.
Piff the Magic Dragon
7 and 9:30 p.m. at McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.
Perhaps most recognizable from NBC’s "America’s Got Talent," Piff the Magic Dragon provides a show that's nothing if not unique. The English comedian and magician with a dry sense of wit performs with his Chihuahua, Mr. Piffles.
SATURDAY, FEB. 20
Sinister Monk and Hold the Effin Jam! Release
1 p.m. at JDub's Brewing Co., 1215 Mango Ave.
JDub's Brewing Co. celebrates the release of its newest beer, Hold the Effin Jam! The beer is a 9.5% ABV imperial brown ale, made with bananas and peanut butter — a drink fit for The King. To keep the party going, the brewery will also re-release bottles of its Sinister Monk, a 12.2% ABV Belgian imperial stout for $17 per 750 mL bottle. Satisfy your appetite with grub from Taste Time to Love Us food truck, which will be onsite.
Akropolis Reed Quintet
7:30 p.m. at the Historic Asolo Theatre, 5401 Bay Shore Road
$25 to $45
Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents the Akropolis Quintet. Consisting of oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bass clarinet and bassoon, the group is hailed for its imagination and musicianship. The group will perform works by Debussy, French Baroque composer Jean-Philippe Rameau and a work written for Akropolis in 2013 by composer Joel Puckett.
9 p.m. at Growler's Pub, 2831 N. Tamiami Trail
The Bird Tribe, an Americana trio, takes the stage at Growlers, along with acoustic singer/songwriter Emily Ross. Enjoy the music and a wide selection of craft beers on draft, as well as bottles and cans.
SUNDAY, FEB. 21
6 p.m. at Saks Fifth Avenue at the Mall at UTC, 140 University Town Center Dr.
$75 to $175
Art meets fashion at this annual event, presented by Art Center Sarasota. This year, the event moves to Saks Fifth Avenue, and the theme will explore couture, with artists working with unconventional materials.
‘Laughing Matters (Vol. 5) Lock the Gates!’
7:30 p.m. at the Court Cabaret, Florida Studio Theatre
$30 to $36
This musical "Saturday Night Live" for Sarasota returns to spice up your night with a few laughs. Runs through June 12.
6 p.m. at Geraldson Community Farm, 1401 99th St. W., Bradenton
This monthly supper club hosts 20 guests in Geraldson Community Farm's barn to highlight local produce, dairy, meats and fruits.
This dinner will be cooked outdoors over open flame.
Urbanite Black Party
8 p.m. at State Street Lounge, 1533 State St.
$45 or $25 for students
Dress in all black for Urbanite Theatre's second annual black party. Entry includes one cocktail ticket and a silent auction ticket, and the event will feature cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, models in body paint, a silent auction and hourly champagne bottle-giveaways.
MONDAY, FEB. 22
5:30 p.m. at Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave.
Florida Studio Theatre celebrates 42 years with a ’60s-themed party, honoring Ernie Kretzmer, who recently made the leading gift to the Rosemary Artist Housing Project in memory of his late wife Alisa. Event will include wine and hors d'ouvres, award presentations, a variety show and dinner catered by Louie's Modern. Dress for the decade.
TUESDAY, FEB. 23
8 p.m. to midnight at Beach Club, 5151 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key
Enjoy the soulful sounds of Babyl, with Anything But Broke also on the bill.
7:30 p.m. at the FSU Center for Performing Arts Cook Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
$27 to $29
In one of Shakespeare's darkest works, Scottish nobleman Macbeth receives a prophecy and chooses a life of violence and a lust for power. Features the entire second-year graduate acting company of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory. Runs through March 13.
8 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail
$35 to $95
Patti LaBelle returns to Sarasota for an evening of classic R&B songs, pop standards and spirituals.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24
Moscow Festival Ballet's 'Cinderella'
7 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail
$15 to $65
The Moscow Festival Ballet performs the fairytale "Cinderella," coupled with Prokofiev’s score.
"Hands on a Hardbody"
7:30 p.m. at the Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail
$25 to $30, or $12 for students
A group of 10 Texans fight to keep at least one hand on a new truck in order to win it in this production, inspired by true events. Who will be the last one standing?
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