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The best things to do in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, Longboat for April 20-26

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

The Lubben Brothers will play three concerts dedicated to the music of Crosby, Stills & Nash on April 20, 22 and 23 at different Sarasota Venues.
The Lubben Brothers will play three concerts dedicated to the music of Crosby, Stills & Nash on April 20, 22 and 23 at different Sarasota Venues.
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Thursday, April 20

‘Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help’
1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
$33 and up

Travel back to 1973 with the Asolo Repertory Theatre to see how the O’Shea family does damage control when their prized respectability is threatened. Closes Saturday.

JIJI will play guitar at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.
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JIJI, guitar
5:30 p.m. at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 1534 Mound St.

The first guitarist to win the Concert Artist Guild competition first prize in 30 years, JIJI has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center, and has been featured on PBS and NPR.

Ryan Belleville
7 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.

Currently starring on the hit Netflix show “Workin’ Moms,” Ryan Belleville was called “one of the best comics around” by GQ magazine. His credits include numerous appearances at the Just for Laughs festival, TV appearances include CBC’s Halifax Comedy Festival, CBS’s “The Late Late Show” and MTV’s “Busted.” Through April 22.

In “Around the World in 80 Days,” young athletes soar to new heights in the Sailor Circus.
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Sailor Circus: ‘Around the World in 80 Days’
7 p.m. at Sailor Circus Arena, 2075 Bahia Vista St.

In “Around the World in 80 Days,” young athletes fly and soar to new heights in a show that tells the story of a smart, determined woman on a wild globe-trotting ride, seasoned by music and costumes reflecting the flavors of international locales.. Continues Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday.

‘American Roots’: Crosby Stills & Nash Folk Rock with The Lubben Brothers
7:30 p.m. at Oak Street Stage, 2050 Oak St.
Free; $20 suggested donation

It’s CSNX3 as the triplets known as the Lubben Brothers explore the 30-year discography of Crosby Stills & Nash. Michael, Tom and Joshua team up with Key Chorale at 4 p.m. Saturday at Church of Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Road, and 5 p.m. Sunday at St. Boniface Church, 5615 Midnight Pass Road.

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. Closes Friday.

‘Big Sexy: The Fats Waller Revue’
7:30 p.m. at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1012 N. Orange Ave.

Nate Jacobs’ original tribute features Fats Waller’s signature songs, including “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Your Feet’s Too Big,” “The Joint is Jumpin’” and many more. Runs through May 28.

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

Andrew Lloyd Weber’s long-running smash hit musical of Broadway and London’s West End has been delighting audiences since 1981. This rendition will certainly revive a “Memory” or two for Sarasota arts patrons. Adoptable cats from Cat Depot will be in the main lobby of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Patrons interested in adopting can complete an application at 

Bill and the Belles bring classic American roots music to Fogartyville.
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Bill and the Belles
7:30 p.m. at Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Court
$18 for members, $20 for non-members and $10 for students.

Led by guitarist and vocalist Kris Truelsen, Bill and the Belles embodies classic American roots music through the use of driving fiddle and banjo tunes accented by the group's signature harmonies. Their latest album, “Happy Again,” explores topics of love, loss and mourning with a jaunty attitude.

‘Backwards Forwards Back’
7:30 p.m. at Urbanite Theatre, 1487 Second St.

In this world premiere by Jacqueline Goldfinger directed by Urbanite Co-Artistic Director Brendan Ragan, a soldier returning from war fights his PTSD with virtual reality technology. The play was scheduled to close Sunday but the run has been extended to April 30.

‘All the Sex I’ve Ever Had’
7:30 p.m. at Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bayshore Road

A group of six older adults from the Sarasota/Manatee community discuss the evolution of love and sexuality from the perspective of life’s later years. Continues Friday, Saturday and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. For mature audiences only.

‘Love’s Labour's 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. Closes Sunday.

London Carlisle and Kim Crow star in "Visit Joe Whitefeather (and bring the family!)" at Florida Studio Theatre.
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‘Visit Joe Whitefeather (and bring the family!)’
8 p.m. at Florida Studio Theatre’s Gompertz Theatre, 1265 First St.

Faced with a decline in tourism during the 1970s, a small Pennsylvania town decides to rename itself in honor of a dead Native American war hero who never even visited Beaver Gap while he was alive. Runs through May 21.

Friday, April 21

Jazz at Two: James Suggs and Friends
2 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd.

At the age of 9, Suggs took up the trumpet and began professionally at age 16 in northeast Ohio. He has toured with the Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey Orchestras.  In the Sarasota area, he has performed with Houston Person, Ken Peplowski, John Lamb, La Lucha and others. 

Carmen Ruby Floyd will perform in "Pops: Broadway Bound" at the Van Wezel.
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‘Pops: Broadway Bound’
7:30 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail,

The Sarasota Orchestra invites you to celebrate Broadway with conductor William Waldrop and three amazing vocalists: Carmen Ruby Floyd, Eryn LeCroy and Josh Young, Tony-nominated from “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Continues 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

'The Ballad of Old Manatee'
4:15 and 6 p.m. at Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Ave., East Bradenton

The Hat Theater Collective presents its inaugural production, "The Ballad of Old Manatee." The world premiere musical is inspired by true events from early Bradenton and Manatee County history. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Manatee County Historical Commission. Continues Saturday and Fridays and Saturdays through May 6.

Saturday April 22

Local Book Fair
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bookstore1, 117 S. Pineapple Ave.

Local authors Ritu Anand, Jacqueline King Donnelly, Ralph Hughes, Barb Jones, Maggie Keefe, Kerry Kriseman, Monica Medina, Myndel Miller, Nancy Perpall, Barbara Rubin, Alan S. Votta, Paul Wilburn and Barbara Wulf talk with readers and sign copies of their new books in the breezeway outside bookstore.

The Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival will be held from April 20-24.
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Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival
10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Ringling Courtyard, 5401 Bay Shore Road
Prices vary and some events already have a waitlist.

The 16th Annual Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival features a multi-day menu of events, ranging from University Master Classes on Saturday and Wine Dinners. This year marks the return of the Grand Tasting at The Ringling Museum of Art on Sunday. Monday brings a Trade Tasting exclusively for local industry professionals.

Longboat Key Turtle Watch volunteers Jeff Driver, Tim Thurman, Kim Maddox and Terri Driver man a table at the Nature Talks and Walks event at the Longboat Island Chapel in 2022.

Nature Talks and Walks for Earth Day
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key

Enjoy exhibitions from the Florida Forest Service, Longboat Key Turtle Watch, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Save our Seabirds, Florida Maritime Museum and more before the panel discussion at 1:30 p.m. Topics of discussion include Sarasota Bay water quality, Mote Marine Laboratory research, wildlife conservation, ecology and coastal community planning.  

‘Cuban Choreography Showcase’
2 and 7:30 p.m. at Sarasota Opera House
$35 and up

The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School presents classical and contemporary works celebrating Cuban choreographers featuring the Gulfcoast Studio Company of the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School with guest artists. Visit

Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota - 25th Anniversary Concert
3-5 p.m. at Holley Hall, 709 N. Tamiami Trail

Through songs of hope and inclusion, the LGBTQ chorus inspires our community to embrace equality.

Laura Snowden, Classical Guitarist
7:30 p.m. at Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way
$37, $39, $41

British-French guitarist Laura Snowden was the first guitarist to graduate from the Yehudi Menuhin School in Stoke d'Abernon, England,  and now teaches there. She was invited by guitarist Julian Bream to premiere his latest commissions at Wigmore Hall. Her international appearances have since built rapidly, with festival debuts across Europe, China and the U.S.

Sunday, April 23

‘Spring Into Summer’
Suncoast Jazz Ambassadors
3 p.m. at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St.

This is the last concert of the season for the Suncoast Jazz Ambassadors. Call 941-907-4123 for ticket availability.

Chamber Soirées: Schumann and Brahms
4 p.m. at Holley Hall, 709 N. Tamiami Trail

The Sarasota Orchestra chamber season concludes with Schumann’s Fairy Tales for clarinet, viola and piano. Schumann’s wife, Clara, inspired Brahms to begin his piano quartet in C minor, which took him 20 years to finish. 

Postmodern Jukebox plays vintage and contemporary music in its "Life in the Past Lane" show at the Van Wezel.
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Postmodern Jukebox: ‘Life in the Past Lane’ Tour
7 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail

Postmodern JukeBox’s “Life in the Past Lane Tour” celebrates the greatest 20th century musical genres, fused with the recognizable hits of our own modern era, for a toe-tapping synthesis of vintage and contemporary.

Folk Musician Vance Gilbert
7:30 p.m. at Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Court
$25 members, $28 members and $14 for students 13+

Vance Gilbert has recorded with his good friend Ellis Paul and shared stages with Aretha Franklin, Shawn Colvin, Arlo Guthrie, The Milk Carton Kids, Anita Baker and The Subdudes during a career that extends back to the early 1990s.

Monday, April 24

‘Stretch’ Bruyn presents ‘Overjoyed’ Stevie Wonder Tribute
7:30 p.m. at Florida Studio Theatre’s John C. Court Cabaret, 1265 First St.

Richard "Stretch" Bruyn and his quintet perform a Tribute to pop music icon Stevie Wonder.

Wednesday, April 26

‘Mon Oncle’ screening
2:30 p.m. at Sarasota High School Alumni Auditorium, 2155 Bahia Vista St.
$20; members free

The classic French film starring Jacques Tati will be hosted by Jeff Ryder, Emmy Award-winning instructor at Ringling College Osher Lifelong Learning Institute on the Sarasota Art Museum Campus. Registration required.

Ranch Nite Wednesday
6-9 p.m. at Lakefront Drive in Waterside Place, Lakewood Ranch

Live music, food trucks, a market with rotating vendors, a mobile bar and a recreational cornhole league highlight this crowd favorite event. Pets are welcome but no coolers or outside food or beverage allowed.


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