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This Week in Sarasota: Wednesday, Dec. 16

A look at our favorite events this week

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  • | 11:32 a.m. December 10, 2015
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Wednesday, Dec. 16

Munchtime Musicales

Noon at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail


Call 351-7467.

The Tommy Goodman Jazz Trio stops by the Sarasota Orchestra to give music-lovers a jazzy jolt to their December. Featuring Goodman on piano, Dominic Mancini on bass and Johnny Moore on drums, the trio will perform jazz standards and holiday favorites.


Thursday, Dec. 17

Perlman Music Program

7 p.m. at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail


Call 955-4942

Some of the country’s youngest and most talented musicians descend on Sarasota for the annual Perlman Music Program, Suncoast residency. The orchestra of students and their teachers brings open rehearsals and concerts throughout the Christmas and New Year season. Runs through Jan. 2


Combo Vimana

7 to 10 p.m. at Libby's L-Bar, 1917 S. Osprey Ave.


Call 487-7300

LDG Productions presents Combo Vimana, a blend of Latin Jazz, Rumba Flamenco and Bossa Nova.


Friday, Dec. 18

Lights in Bloom

6 to 10 p.m. at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave.

$20 to $100

Call 366-5731

Selby Gardens’ annual outdoor display features 500,000 lights placed throughout the gardens to illuminate its diverse flora and fauna. Guests will also enjoy traditional holiday music, drinks and food.


"John Ringling's Circus Nutcracker"

7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail

$35 to $105

Call 359-0099

Choreographer Matthew Hart’s "John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker" will set the stage for the holidays for three performances Dec. 18 and 19. Set to Tchaikovsky’s score by the Sarasota Orchestra, the performance chronicles the history of John and Mable Ringling, as well as Sarasota’s connection to the circus with Hoffman’s classical Nutcracker. 


Music Fusion

10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Five O'Clock Club, 1930 Hillview St.


Call 366-5555

Hip-hop meets live band as emcee Ryanito takes the stage with Wild Root for a mix of original and cover songs. Special guests include Monteasy and Kristen Calandra. 


Saturday, Dec. 19

Art, Rhymes and Beer — Holiday Edition

5 to 10 p.m. at JDub's Brewing Co. 1215 Mango Ave.


Call 955-2739

Enjoy live art and local music while sipping craft beer in the JDub's beer garden. Make a donation to Toys for Tots and chow down on food from Taste Time to Love Us food truck. 


Dušan Tynek Dance Theatre: "Joseph’s Coat"

5:15 p.m. at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd.


Call 360-7399

Dušan Tynek and his Brooklyn, N.Y. dance company return to Sarasota for a brand new site-specific work created for the John and Mable Ringling’s James Turrell Skyspace exhibit. Tynek and his six dancers will perform beneath the open-air art fixture and respond to its constantly changing color and light.


Sunday, Dec. 20

"Holiday Brass and Voices"

7:30 p.m. at Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Rd.

$40 to $45

Call 306-1200

The award-winning Axiom Brass joins the local Gloria Musicae Singers for a selection of classical carols and modern favorites. featuring five world-class brass musicians, Dorival Puccini, Jr. (trumpet), Kris Hammond (trumpet), Kevin Harrison (tuba), Serdar Çizmeci (trombone) and Jacob Diedwardo (horn).


Monday, Dec. 21

Ringling by the Bay

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


Call 359-5700

The final Ringling by the Bay of 2015 will feature local band Kettle of Fish playing for guests as they enjoy food, drinks and the view as the sun sets on the bayfront.


Monday, Dec. 22

The Sounds of Christmas

8 p.m. at Venice Theatre, 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice


Call 488-1115

The Ditchfield Family Singers bring their homegrown sound to the Venice Theatre for two nights of holiday harmonies. A family of eight, the Ditchfield Family Singers have been performing their holiday show for years in and around Sarasota and Venice.


Gunther Doug, RaeF and Dan Shultz

8:30 p.m. at Cock & Bull Pub, 975 Cattlemen Road


Call 877-1262

Nashville-based garage-rock band Gunther Doug returns to its hometown for a show with RaeF and Dan Shultz.


Tuesday, Dec. 23

A Christmas Carol

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

$35 to $55

Call 953-3368

The Nebraska Theatre Caravan has been touring Charles Dickens’ classic holiday haunt across the country since 1979. This year, the cast of 23 brings the Victorian world of Scrooge and company to Sarasota just in time for Christmas.


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