Our favorite events taking place this week.
THURSDAY, FEB. 25
The Beach Boys
7:30 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
$75 to $80
One of the most iconic bands to hit the airwaves, The Beach Boys, will bring its act back to the Van Wezel. Celebrate their influence on American pop music, and their return to Sarasota, with hit songs, like “I Get Around,” “California Girls” and "Surfin’ U.S.A.”
FRIDAY, FEB. 26
Suncoast Blues Festival
5 to 10 p.m. at the Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd.
$15 in advance or $20 at the gate Friday; $20 in advance or $30 at the gate Saturday
This two-day second-annual blues festival returns to the Sarasota County Fairgrounds for music, food and drink, all benefiting Mothers Helping Mothers. This year's lineup includes JP Soars and the Red Hots, Andy T. and Nick Nixon Band, Anthony Gomes, Kettle of Fish, Markey Blue and more. Event continues Saturday, Feb. 27.
6 p.m. at Michael's On East, 1212 East Ave.
Call (813) 868-2703.
If there's two things Sarasota loves, it's philanthropy and food. This inaugural event is the best of both worlds. Eight chefs from local restaurants will prepare a course of the six-course tasting menu to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The event is part of a series of 13 events nationwide, and Sarasota is the only city in the state participating.
Sarasota Ballet Presents: Smuin Ballet
7:30 p.m. at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
$35 to $105
The Sarasota Ballet presents Smuin Ballet a San Francisco-based ballet company with a distinctly American accent, known for its unique take on the art form, infusing ballet with the rhythm, speed and syncopation of American popular culture. Runs through Sunday, Feb. 28.
8 p.m. at Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice
$29, or $15 for students
Venice Theatre closes out its cabaret season with this cult classic — a campy, rock ’n’ roll tribute to the classic horror movies of the ’50s. Show runs through March 19, with midnight performances each Saturday.
The Great Gatsby Gala
9 p.m. at Growler's Pub, 2831 N. Tamiami Trail
Swing into the party spirit as Growler's Pub presents its fifth annual Great Gatsby Gala. Get dolled up in your best 1920s get-up and raise your champagne flute to The New Cats, who will provide jazz music for the evening. Photographer Evan Sigmund will be on location to document the occasion — it's going to be a party to remember, old sport.
SATURDAY, FEB. 27
Noon to 11 p.m. at JDub's Brewing Co., 1215 Mango Ave.
$55 to $75 for beer fest; $5 for non-fest tap room and beer garden entry
JDub's Brewing Co. is celebrating its two-year anniversary by doing what it does best — throwing a daylong beer festival. Tickets include access to hard-to-find Florida and national breweries, a 5 oz. tasting glass and access to bottle sales of special release beer Dubious 2, an imperial stout made with chocolate, pecans and caramel and a 10%+ ABV. Local bands, including Hail Dale, Ryanito and Wild Root, FIYAH WATA and The Sh-Booms, will keep the party going, and guests can purchase food from Mouthole BBQ, Hot Box'd Steamed Cheeseburgers, Ri Quisimo and tobacco from SRQ Cigars.
9 p.m. at Growler's Pub, 2831 N. Tamiami Trail
It's an acoustic showcase at Growler's Pub, featuring the always-impressive Blue Eyed Bettys, Brooklyn Graeff, from Sarasota-based Good Graeff and other local and touring acts.
Le Marche Bohemien
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Selby Five Points Park, N. Pineapple Ave.
Call (727) 542-3000.
Five Points Park will be transformed into an open-air Parisian marketplace, displaying chic, eclectic salvaged and repurposed arts. Available art will include stained glass, sculpture, jewelry, semi-precious stones, antiques and one-of-a-kind collectibles.
SUNDAY, FEB. 28
Light Chasers Gala Art Weekend
Noon to 5 p.m. at Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail
As many as 150 artists will convene in one scenic location for this fifth annual master artist show and painting event.
8 p.m. at McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.
LDG Productions presents an evening of gender-bending hilarity. Beneva Fruitville hosts this popular Drag Queen Bingo Bonanza featuring Tamiami Trails and other special guests for an event packed with live performances, prizes, surprises and, of course, Bingo.
An Evening with Oscar
7 p.m. at the Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail
The Players Theatre and Community AIDS Network invite you to stroll the red carpet, have your photo taken and enjoy an evening at the Academy Awards — without making the trip to Hollywood. Wear glamorous red-carpet attire, enjoy light bites by Café L'Europe and a cash bar and watch a live stream of the ceremony to raise money for the two organizations.
MONDAY, FEB. 29
Music Mondays: Musical Conversations with June LeBell
10:30 a.m. at Church of the Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Road
In her regular music conversation series, June LeBell will speak with three former conductors of the Seventh Army Symphony, a symphony orchestra formed by the United States Military to restore foreign relations after WWII — and prove to Germans that Americans did, indeed, have culture.
TUESDAY, MARCH 1
7:30 p.m. at the FSU Center for Performing Arts Cook Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
$28 to $29
The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training presents Shakespeare's iconic "Macbeth." Shakespeare expert Jonathan Epstein directs this tale of passion, power and betrayal. Runs through March 13.
7:30 p.m. at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.
$19 to $125
Take a break from Verdi with Beethoven's only opera, "Fidelio," which tells the story of how Leonore, disguised as a prison guard named Fidelio, rescues her husband Florestan from death in a political prison.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2
‘Great Escapes 5: Unforgettable’
5:30 p.m. at Holley Hall, Sarasota Orchestra, 709 N. Tamiami Trail
Led by Christopher Confessore, the Sarasota Orchestra presents its fifth Great Escapes concert of the season, highlighting music from icons such as Nat King Cole. The program includes Mancini’s "Moon River," a salute to Irving Berlin and a medley of famous Broadway themes. All the music in this program is performed entirely orchestral. Runs through March 5.
Fabulous Arts Boutique Showcase
6 to 8 p.m. at Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail
Art Center Sarasota hosts the 14th annual Fabulous Arts Boutique Showcase, featuring works by regional artists representing local art guilds. Admission for opening reception only, which includes wine and hors d'oeuvres. The event features hand-dyed silk works, artist-designed clothing, colored and textured woven goods, hand-crafted jewelry, leather and fabric purses and accessories and home décor. Runs through March 5.
‘Laughing Matters (Vol. 5) Lock the Gates!’
7:30 p.m. at the Court Cabaret, Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palme Ave.
$30 to $36
Florida Studio Theatre continues its fifth installment of the Laughing Matters series, which skewers current events with satirical songs and sketch comedy. Runs through June 12.
‘The Sam Cooke Story’
8 p.m. at Westcoast Black Theatre, 1646 10th Way
$38, or $27 for students and active military
Written and directed by WBTT Founder and Artistic Director Nate Jacobs, this production explores Sam Cooke's distinctive voice, career and tragic death, as well as his impact on American music. Runs through April 9.
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