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The best things to do in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, Longboat for April 6-12

Don't miss these arts and entertainment events around Sarasota and Manatee counties this week.

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Sarasota Orchestra’s "Sounds of Spring" programs includes sunny selections.
Sarasota Orchestra’s "Sounds of Spring" programs includes sunny selections.
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Thursday, April 6

‘Old Blue Eyes is Back’ with Scotty Wright
7:30 p.m. at SCF Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W. Bradenton

Come fly with jazz vocalist Scotty Wright from New York to Vegas for a rowdy tribute to Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack crooners. 

7:30 p.m. at Florida Studio Theatre’s Bowne’s Lab Theatre, 1265 First St.

In this world premiere, the lives of two strangers — Leigh and Lee — with little in common besides their names come together after the discovery of a mysterious suicide note. Runs through April 21.

‘Chicken & Biscuits’
2 and 8 p.m. at FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
From $33

This hilarious play, presented by the Asolo Repertory Theatre, introduces the Jenkins family as they celebrate their recently deceased father and grandfather. When a secret is revealed, the comedy leads audiences through all the hilarious drama and antics that only family can inspire from one another. Runs through April 13.

Friday, April 7

Big 10 Invitational
8 a.m. at Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle

The Big 10 Invitational rowing regatta will see seven teams from the Big 10 Conference compete against invited teams from other conferences, including Brown University, the University of Alabama and Duke University.

Carlos Mencia
6:30 and 8:50 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.

Carlos Mencia, star of the Comedy Central hit show “Mind of Mencia,” returns to his roots and shares his latest material with smaller audiences. Continues Saturday.

7 p.m. at The Players Studio, 1400 Boulevard of the Arts, Suite 200

The Players Teens present the off-Broadway hit about the fellow travelers of a boy wizard. It’s billed as a tale for “anyone who has never been destined to save the world.” Continues Saturday.

Mixed heritage dance company Dancing Earth examines the topic of renewable energy from differing ancestral, cultural and practical viewpoints.
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Between II by Dancing Earth
7:30 p.m. at Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road

Mixed heritage dance company Dancing Earth examines the topic of renewable energy from differing ancestral, cultural and practical viewpoints. The performance uses mobile installation, oration, dancing, music, immersive media and eco-innovative design. Continues Saturday.

Roy Book Binder 
8 p.m. at Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Court
$25 for members

The legendary bluesman will mesmerize Sarasota audiences with his masterful finger-picking and lyrical storytelling. He will be joined on stage by Tampa’s Damon Fowler, a distinguished blues guitarist in his own right.

Saturday, April 8

Love the Planet Artist Market
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Creative Liberties Artist Studios & Gallery, 901B Apricot Ave.
Art vendors’ open studios in honor of Second Saturday, live music and free craft beer samples from local home brewers Ray and Patti Spicochi make this worth the trip.

‘Grand Statements’
6:45 p.m. at Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave.

In the opening concert of the 2023 La Musica Festival, La Musica Chamber Music plays what it calls some of the “greatest achievements in chamber music history.”

Sunday, April 9

Former Sarasota Orchestra musicians Cheryl Feder and Abraham Feder return to Sarasota April 9 for a program of music for harp and cello.
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Feder Duo
4 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 4631 S Lockwood Ridge Road

Former Sarasota Orchestra musicians Cheryl Feder and Abraham Feder return to Sarasota for a program of music for harp and cello, including their own transcriptions of music by Bach and Johann Strauss Jr. Abraham Feder is now assistant principal cellist of the Detroit Symphony and Cheryl Feder is a sought-after harp soloist, chamber musician and recording artist.

Lilly Jane will play Americana music at Fogartyville on April 9.
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Lilly Jane
2 p.m. at Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Court

Lilly Jane will play old-time traditional tunes, original songs and unusual arrangements of contemporary Americana music as part of the Will McLean Foundation Audible Art Series, which promotes the appreciation of the works of McLean and other Florida artists.

Monday, April 10

Connections Documentary Film Series: ‘Wildcat’
2:30 p.m. at Sarasota Art Museum, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute presents “Wildcat," which follows a British soldier struggling with PTSD who turns around his life after meeting an orphaned baby ocelot in the Amazon rainforest. 

Sunset Cruise with Matt Dendy
5 p.m. aboard Marina Jack, 2 Marina Plaza
$76.94 includes dinner and soft drinks

Matt Dendy has been a violinist and Soloist in the Sarasota area since 1993 and has performed regularly with The Pops Orchestra of Sarasota, Southwest Florida Symphony and Florida Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestras.

Jazz at the Cabaret: Danny Sinoff Trio
7:30 p.m. at FST's John C. Court Cabaret, 1265 First St.

Danny Sinoff, on vocals and piano, performs music from the American Songbook as well as jazz classics in an intimate cabaret setting. Food and beverage service begins at 6:30 p.m. 

Tuesday, April 11

7:30 at Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.

In this aptly named concert, string singers including violinists Kristen Lee, Chad Hoopes, Paul Huang and James Thompson, perform exhilarating Baroque masterworks.

Broadway's "Mean Girls" comes to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.
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‘Mean Girls’
7:30 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail

“Mean Girls” follows African transplant Cady Heron’s transition to suburban Illinois, where she is hazed by a trio of “frenemies.” The creative team behind the musical includes book writer Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), composer Jeff Richmond (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), lyricist Nell Benjamin (“Legally Blonde”) and director Casey Nicholaw (“The Book of Mormon”). Runs through April 16.

‘Love’s Labour Lost’
8 p.m. at The Ringling Museum of Art’s Bayfront Gardens

FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training presents the early Shakespeare comedy about four young men, one of them a king, who try to swear off women. Runs through April 23. 

Wednesday, April 12

Great Escapes: ‘Sounds of Spring’
5:30 p.m. at Holley Hall, 709 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota Orchestra’s spring program includes sunny selections from musicals such as “Mary Poppins,” “Oklahoma!” and “South Pacific.” Also on the bill is Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz of the Flowers” and the “Spring” movement of Piazzolla’s “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.”

The World Series of Comedy
7 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.

Forty professional comics hit the stage for the chance to compete in the finals of the World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas. The audience gets to vote and help judges choose the winners. Continues through April 15.


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