A look at our favorite events taking place this week
THURSDAY, FEB. 4
11 a.m. at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 7671 Lockwood Ridge Road
$4, or free for children younger than 12
St. Barbara’s annual four-day festival celebrates traditional Greek culture, lifestyle and food. Enjoy the family friendly festivities, eat to your heart's content and participate in the raffle for a chance to win a Mercedes or cash prize.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Louies Modern, 1289 N. Palm Ave.
$10, or free for members
Network with likeminded young professionals in a casual setting. The Sarasota Young Professionals Group hosts this monthly after-hours social event, which draws 80 to 100 young professionals. Enjoy drink specials and appetizers while mingling with fellow professionals.
8 to 11 p.m. at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road
$10 for adults, $5 for children and free for children younger than 5 and museum members
The Ringling's monthly evening of live music and experimental art returns, featuring music by Netherfriends, a one-man electronic band from Chicago, Empire Cinema, a Tampa-based post-punk indie-rock group and Ella Jet, an 18-year-old singer/songwriter from Tampa. This month's art includes three clay artists, Jenn Ryan Miller, Sharon Norwood and Cheyenne Rudolph.
'All About Mozart'
8 p.m. at the Neel Performing Arts Center, Building 11 East, Bayshore Gardens
$42 to $69
Father-son duo, Andrei and Sergey Dogadin bring Mozart's genius to life. The concert opens with an ode to Mozart's teacher Joseph Haydn opens the concert, and Mozart's 41st and final symphony, dubbed "Jupiter," closes the evening. Runs through Feb. 7.
FRIDAY, FEB. 5
6 p.m. at Perq Coffee Bar, 1821 Hillview St.
Enjoy Perq after hours at the coffee bar's winter social, featuring live music, food by Mouthole BBQ, beer, wine and of course, coffee.
7 p.m. at Café in the Park, 2010 Adams Lane
Local psychobilly folk-rock duo Hymn For Her takes the stage in Payne Park. Lucy Tight and Wayne Waxing play stripped-down, high energy cigar-box tunes that will start your weekend off with a kick.
6 to 9 p.m. at Wild Ginger Lifestyle, 6553 Superior Ave.
Moving Ethos Dance hosts this fundraiser, featuring yoga, shopping, coffee live music and food, benefitting the dance company as it enters its ninth season.
7 p.m. at Booker High School Café, 3201 N Orange Ave.
Booker's VPA Music Department hosts its annual three-stage concert, featuring jazz standards, like Etta James's "At Last," as well as classical works by Chopin and Debussy. While listening to the performance, attendees can indulge in chocolate treats and coffee. Runs through Feb. 6.
7:30 p.m. at Cock & Bull Pub, 975 Cattlemen Road
$12 in advance, or $17 at the door
Kick off your weekend with the throwback sounds of Sublime, featuring tribute music by Babyl, Matthew Bistok and the Electric Powered Windmills and Soopa Groop.
SATURDAY, FEB. 6
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lakewood Ranch Main Street
The ninth annual Grand Ovation returns to Lakewood Ranch Main Street with live performances by local musicians, singers, dancers and drama troupes.
7:30 p.m. at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.
$19 to $125
The title of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's two-act Italian-language opera, "Così fan tutte," translates to "all women do this." His comedy and score, performed by the Sarasota Opera, make for a lighthearted affair. Runs through March 12.
SUNDAY, FEB. 7
2 to 6 p.m. at WSLR 96.5 Community Radio, 525 Kumquat Court
$10, or free for children younger than 10
Celebrate Bob Marley's birthday with Sarasota-based ska band Pressure Dem and Fort Myers' The Freecoasters.
7 a.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail
Call (201) 888-8916.
Sarasota's most rockin' running event is back and even bigger than last year. With 3,000 participants and 20 bands, which runners will pass 42 times, this second annual event might be the most fun you'll ever have exercising.
Jazz at First Church
4 and 5:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave.
Tommy Goodman, Dominic Mancini and Johnny Moore perform on piano, bass and drums in First Church's regular concert series.
MONDAY, FEB. 8
WBTT 'Voices:' The Florida Highwaymen
7 p.m. at the Westcoast Black Theatre, 1646 10th Way
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe honors Black History Month with its annual 'Voices' program. The first installment highlights the work of the Florida Highwaymen, a group of African American painters in 1960s Florida, who famously sold their landscape paintings door to door, due to segregation in art galleries. Event features a panel discussion and demonstration by original Highwayman, Al Black.
TUESDAY, FEB. 9
7 to 10 p.m. at the Blue Rooster, 1525 4th St.
Celebrate Fat Tuesday with C. Knight and the Daze. Dance to the harmonica, upright bass, drums and guitar and join in the festivities. The stage will be covered in beads for the occasion, and guests are encouraged to dress in Mardi Gras fashion.
'The Book of Mormon'
8 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail
From the creators of South Park comes this religious satire musical, which follows two Mormon missionaries as they attempt to share their scriptures with the inhabitants of a remote Ugandan village. Runs through Feb. 14.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10
10 p.m. at The Gator Club, 1490 Main St.
Catch original live music in one of Sarasota's oldest venues. This monthly showcase, presented by Moxie Productions, will feature
The Bird Tribe, Physical Plant and Brother SoandSo.
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