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The best things to do around Sarasota for Feb. 9-16

The top events to enjoy in the Sarasota-Manatee arts and entertainment scene this week.

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Don't miss this year's captivating acts in Circus Sarasota from Feb. 10 to March 5.
Don't miss this year's captivating acts in Circus Sarasota from Feb. 10 to March 5.
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Thursday, Feb. 9

Hanzhi Wang, accordion
11 a.m. at Sarasota Yacht Club

Young musician Hanzhi Wang is the only accordionist to ever earn a place on the roster of Young Concert Artists in its 61-year history. Hosted by the Artist Series Concerts, enjoy lunch and a performance by this artist, who was named Musical America’s New Artist of the Month in 2018.

Thursday Jazz at the SAM
5:30 p.m. at Sarasota Art Museum, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail
$20; members free

Hot Club of SRQ will perform as the Sarasota Art Museum invites patrons to sip on cocktails and dine on light bites in the Bistro. Hosted by the Jazz Club of Sarasota, this event welcomes attendees to peruse the galleries in extended hours.

Enjoy the best of Motown with this revue at Manatee Performing Arts Center on Feb. 9.
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Temps, Tops, Supremes, & Gladys: A Motown Revue
7:30 p.m. at Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton

For more than 60 years, Motown has held up as one of the most unique and fertile genres for music lovers. The Soul Sensations and their friends will play the classics and invite the audience to sing, dance and enjoy the best of Motown. Runs through Friday, Feb. 10.

The Sarasota Orchestra presents music for a great date night Feb. 9-12.

Great Escapes: Date Night
7:30 p.m. at Holley Hall, 709 N. Tamiami Trail

What better prelude to Valentine’s Day than enjoying an evening of romantic music? As part of its Great Escapes series, the Sarasota Orchestra will invite audiences on a journey through heartfelt stories paired with music that will make you swoon. Runs through Sunday, Feb. 12.

Friday, Feb. 10

Sarasota Shell Club 2023 Shell Show
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Robarts Arena in Potter Building, 2896 Ringling Blvd.
$5 donation

Summon your inner Floridian at this shell art show. There will be scientific and artistic exhibits, shell crafts, educational programs and shells for sale. Continues Saturday.

‘A Sea Symphony’ Masterwork by Vaughan Williams
4 p.m. at Church of the Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Road

Vaughan Williams’ large-scale symphony was one of the first to incorporate a choir throughout it, and it is still considered one of the best first symphonies ever composed. Key Chorale performs this work, which tells the story of a seaward voyage of the soul to uncharted waters. Runs through Saturday, Feb. 11.

Reproductive Rights: A Jewish Perspective
5:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key
Call 383-3428. 

Guest Rabbi Jennifer Singer addresses the timely issue. Singer is a member of the RENEWAL movement of Judaism which strives to shape Jewish law into a living way in the modern world. Light refreshments will be served in the social hall following the service.

Yakov Smirnoff
6:30 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.

Russian-born entertainer Yakov Smirnoff has had a career that has spanned TV, movies and Broadway. Dn’t miss his particular brand of comedy during this two-day special event. Runs through Saturday, Feb. 11

Beatles vs. Stones
7 p.m. at Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Venice

Billed as “the greatest concert that never was …” this performance presents a what-if of the biggest battle-of-the-bands to answer the age-old debate: Who’s the better band — the Beatles, or the Rolling Stones?

Circus Sarasota
7 p.m. at Ulla Searing Big Top on Nathan Benderson Park’s Regatta Island, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls of all ages, don’t miss your chance to take part in a longstanding area tradition: Enjoying a night of entertainment under the big top at Circus Sarasota. Be dazzled by a variety of performers all in the best venue for circus around. Runs through March 5.

Saturday, Feb. 11

Chase Dill sprinted to the finish line as Captain Marvel at the 2021 Superhero 5K.

Superhero 5K
8:30 a.m. at Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle
5K $25; fun run $15

The Bridge A Life Superhero 5K, now in its 12th edition, highlights the 1,500-plus youth who are in local foster care in Sarasota, Manatee, and DeSoto counties while providing a family-friendly event. The event will also feature a 1-mile fun run for kids. Come dressed as your favorite superhero and get ready to race. 

Roots of Rhythm: Drumming and Drum Circle Activities 
1 p.m. at the Education Center at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key
$25; members $20
Call 383-8222.

An interactive percussion experience, no experience necessary and the instruments are provided.

‘All You Need is Love’ with the Liverpool Legends
7:30 p.m. at Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way

The Pops Orchestra welcomes the Grammy-nominated Liverpool Legends, who will delight with this Beatles tribute concert. The Liverpool Legends have a unique connection with Louise Harrison, George Harrison’s sister and a Sarasota resident. Runs through Monday, Feb. 13.

FST Improv Presents: When X Meets Y (Valentine’s Day Edition)
8:30 p.m. at FST’s Bowne’s Lab Theatre, 1265 First St.

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, the hilarious improv troupe at Florida Studio Theatre will produce “When X Meets Y,” a fully improvised musical love story. Inspired by one location and three random notes on the keyboard, the troupe takes it from there to spin a fun story with romantic twists and turns.

Sunday, Feb. 12 

Reckless Saints Afternoon Folk Show
2 p.m. at Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court

Come out and listen to Roy Schneider and Kim Mayfield play Blue-Twangled Folk ‘n’ Roll music. 

Let’s Celebrate
3 p.m. at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St.

The Suncoast Concert Band presents this performance of local musicians, sure to delight with an afternoon of music in a casual atmosphere.

Dancing Through the Decades
4 p.m. at The Paradise Center, 546 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key
Call 383-6493.

Dress up in clothes from your favorite decade and dance the night away at the annual fundraiser. Cash bar and Harry's Continental Kitchens is catering.

Monday, Feb. 13

Laugh along with the hilarious musical "Tootsie" at the Van Wezel starting Monday, Feb. 13.
Photo by Evan Zimmerman

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

When an out-of-work actor has trouble getting gigs, he reinvents himself as a woman to secure the role of a lifetime. This good-time musical packed full of laughs will be sure to give you a night off from the real world. Runs through Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Tuesday, Feb. 14

Peter Fogel’s ‘Til Death Do Us Part...You First!
2 and 7 p.m. at Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton

What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than making fun of relationships and romance? No matter what your particular situation, anyone will be able to relate to Peter Fogel’s take on marriage, sex and other things that end prematurely.

Valentine’s Day Sip & Stroll
Before 6:20 p.m. at The Bay Park, 1055 Boulevard of the Arts

Start your date at The Nest Concession and enjoy a special chocolate martini. Be sure to head down to Sunset Deck by 6:20 p.m. to provide your special someone with an unmatched view of the sun setting. 

Silly Love Songs with Jimmy Mazz
7:30 p.m. at Studio 1130, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 1130

For a light-hearted Valentine’s Day, take in a cabaret with crooner Jimmy Mazz, who will take a spin through some of your favorite romantic tunes. Cabaret seating features romantic tables in the front row, along with champagne and a sweet treat for you and your Valentine.

Wednesday, Feb. 15

Exhibition Evening featuring Dynasty Dance Clubs
6 p.m. at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 1534 Mound St.

Stroll through Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ spring exhibition, Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature, enjoy a bayfront reception and take in a performance by Dynasty Dance Clubs.

Virtuoso Night
7:30 p.m. at St. Boniface Episcopal Church, 5615 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key
Call 219-928-8665.

A 13-member professional string ensemble as part of the Chamber Orchestra of Sarasota will perform some of the best works from virtuosos including Mozart, Bach and Janacek, all in the intimate setting of St. Boniface.

Pianist Awadagin Pratt
7:30 p.m. at Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way

The Sarasota Concert Association welcomes acclaimed pianist Awadagin Pratt, who will lend his musical insight and intensity to a performance that spans everything from the works from Philip Glass to Rachmaninoff. 

‘Chicken & Biscuits’
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, this new Broadway comedy leads audiences through all the hilarious drama and antics that only family can inspire from one another. Runs through April 13.


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