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A&E Picks and Highlights

A&E Editor Nick Reichert picks out the events you should attend this week.

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  • | 6:00 a.m. March 25, 2015
"Catch Me If You Can" runs through April 4, at The Players Theatre. Courtesy photo.
"Catch Me If You Can" runs through April 4, at The Players Theatre. Courtesy photo.
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Visual Arts

Joseph’s Coat Skyspace
John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
7:25 p.m. March 26 and 27
Tickets: $5. Call 359-5700.

Exploring Watercolor
Art Center Sarasota
9:30 a.m. March 27
Tickets: $175. Call 365-2032.

Performance Art

Early Morning Opera, at The Ringling
Noon until closing March 25 through 28
Tickets: Free. Call 359-5700.

Gompertz Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre
8 p.m. March 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, April 1; 3 p.m. March 28 and 29
Runs through April 4
Tickets: $18-$39. Call 366-9000.

‘The Marriage of Figaro’
Sarasota Opera
7:30 p.m. March 27
Tickets: $45 to $125. Call 366-8450.

‘Sons, Mothers and Others & The Golden Age of Radio’
Asolo Theatre Guild
1 p.m. March 30; 1 p.m. April 1
Gulf Gate Library and Selby Library
Call 355-3006.

‘Sotto Voce’
Historical Asolo Theater, Asolo Repertory Theatre
7:30 p.m. March 31; 8 p.m. April 1
Tickets: $15 to $26. Call 351-8000.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
8 p.m. April 1 and 2; 2 p.m. April 2
Tickets: $45 to $70. Call 953-3368


Brown Bag Concert Series
Phillippi Estate Park
11 a.m. March 26
Tickets: Free. Call 861-5000.

The Intimate Verdi
Sarasota Opera
7:30 p.m. March 26
Tickets: $10 to $30. Call 366-8450.

Bill Marcus Trio
The Jazz Club of Sarasota; Unitarian Universalist
Church of Sarasota
2 p.m. March 27
Tickets: $8 to $12. Call 366-1552.

Grande Finale: Masterworks 7
8 p.m. March 27 and 28; 2:30 p.m. March 29
Neel Performing Arts Center and Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall; Sarasota Orchestra
Tickets: $30 to $89. Call 953-3434

Sarah McLachlan
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
8 p.m. March 27
Tickets: $86 to $136. Call 953-3368.

Nick’s Picks

‘Catch Me If You Can’
Following a regional premiere production of the musical “Violet,” the Players Theatre is producing a streamlined production of “Catch Me If You Can.” Based on the acclaimed Steven Spielberg film from 2002 starring Leonardo DiCaprio as young con man Frank Abagnale Jr. and Tom Hanks as FBI agent Carl Hanratty who pursues Abagnale across the world, the Players Theatre brings this Tony Award-nominated musical to Sarasota.

Director Dewayne Barrett leads the talented cast and crew through the fashion and musical highs of the 1960s. It’s a colorful and flowing pastiche of all the glitz and glimmer of the regal jet set. It’s “Mad Men” minus the melancholy and existential angst. Get there quickly. This musical jet leaves April 4.

Where: The Players Theatre
When: 7:30 p.m., runs through April 4
Tickets: $12 to $25
Info: Call 365-2494.

‘I’m a Stranger Here Myself’
Dark, brooding and full of love and great by-gone music, Mark Nadler’s cabaret show, “I’m A Stranger Here Myself,” tells the vibrant cultural history of Germany’s Weimar Republic. Cushioned between the end of World War I and the rise of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany, the Weimer era from 1919 to 1933 became a liberal and cultural bastion.

Nadler, along with Vena Johnson on violin and Melissa Elledge on accordion, goes through some of Weimar, Germany’s best-known tunes. But what elevates Nadler’s show from being a revue is the interweaving narrative of the composers, performers and actors from the past, such as Kurt Weill, Friedrich Hollaender, Lotte Lenya and Marlene Dietrich, along with everyday citizens to expose how prophetic the artists of the day were. They anticipated the sheer cliff that Hitler’s government posed to Jews, homosexuals and foreigners who comprised the mainstream German intelligentsia and cultural in-crowd.

Personal and funny with a pinch of German sensuality, “I’m A Stranger Here Myself” is a time machine to an underground Weimar cabaret.

Where: Keating Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre
When: 8 p.m., runs through March 29
Tickets: $36 to $39
Info: Call 366-9000.


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