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The best things to do in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, Longboat for March 9-15

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

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Harlem Quilt runs at The Ringling through March 26.
Harlem Quilt runs at The Ringling through March 26.
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Thursday, March 9

‘Harlem Quilt’
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road
Free with admission

This solo exhibit by June Clark is its first presentation in a U.S. museum since its unveiling in 1997. It features more than 300 pieces of fabric, each with a black-and-white photo on its surface, illuminated by lightbulbs. The exhibit runs through March 26.

Lord's Warehouse Fashion Show
11 a.m. at the Longboat Island Chapel, 6140 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key
Call 383-4738.

Fashion worn in the show can be bought at the thrift shop. 

Great Escapes: ‘American Vibes’
5:30 p.m. at Holley Hall, 709 N. Tamiami Trail

In this program featuring All-American composers, take in hits from Broadway, Disney and the Great American Songbook. Then dive into some heavier fare with a movement from Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony and Copland’s “Simple Gifts.” Runs through Sunday, March 12.

The Players will perform "Godspell" starting March 9.

7:30 p.m. at The Players Studio, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 1130
$30; students $13; preview night $28

In this first major musical by Stephen Schwartz, the composer of “Wicked,” a small group helps Jesus tell parables using games, storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comedy. Runs through March 19.

Friday, March 10

Cirque des Voix, a collaboration between the Circus Arts Conservatory and Key Chorale, plays this weekend at the Sailor Circus Arena.

Cirque des Voix
8 p.m. at Sailor Circus Arena, 2075 Bahia Vista St.

Join this annual collaboration between two Sarasota jewels — the Circus Arts Conservatory and Key Chorale. Top circus acts are accompanied by the sounds of chorale music in this not-to-be-missed performance. Continues at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Kat Crosby and the Rhythm Gators
8 p.m. at Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Court
$15; members $12; students $7.50

Singer and songwriter Kat Crosby presents blues from a woman’s perspective. That means a fresh take on everything from celebrating the man she loves to her observation of the world around her in a musical interlude that includes blues, jazz and guitar.

Kenny Loggins

Kenny Loggins: This is it! His Final Tour 2023
8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail

He’s given us hits such as “Footloose” and “Danger Zone”, but don’t miss your last chance to hear them live with this stop on Kenny Loggins’ last tour. The two-time Grammy award winner has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide and remains one of the most noteworthy musicians of the 1970s and ‘80s.

‘An Inspector Calls’
8 p.m. at FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail

Set on the brink of WWII, this suspenseful mystery drama performed by the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training will keep you on the edge of your seat. When a family celebration is cut short by the arrival of a mysterious inspector, the family struggles to recover from his scorching investigation. Runs through Sunday, March 12.

Saturday, March 11

Sarasota Fine Art Show
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail

Peruse offerings from artists based locally and all over the country in this outdoor show. With everything from oil and acrylic paintings to 3D sculpture and jewelry, find that special piece for your house or just enjoy an afternoon of browsing. Runs through Sunday, March 12.

Lakewood Ranch Fine Art Festival
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lakewood Ranch Main Street

The Lakewood Ranch Fine Art Festival will feature original, hand-made work from artisans. Art forms include painting, sculpting, jewelry, photography, glass, ceramics, woodworking and much more.

Le Marche’ Bohemian Outdoor Market
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Five Points Park, 1 Central Ave.

Stroll Five Points Park like a Parisian. Shop local vendors and talented artisans' work while listening to Parisian vocalist, Michelet Innocent.

Cheri McDonough, of Lion Rampant Pipe & Drum, heads to her group's performance at the 2019 festival.
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Irish Celtic Festival
11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Greenbrook Adventure Park, 13010 Adventure Place, Lakewood Ranch

Lakewood Ranch Community Activities hosts the Irish Celtic Festival that features live music and performances, traditional Celtic food, beer and hard cider, face painting, a relay race, and the Lucky Dog Parade. Parking is $5 per vehicle.

Antonio Rey Flamenco Troupe From Spain
7:30 p.m. at Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way

As part of its international concert series, Guitar Sarasota presents Antonio Rey Navis, a Spanish flamenco guitarist and composer considered to be one of two flamenco guitar virtuosos in the world today. He will be joined with a whole troupe of flamenco artists, including dancers.

The Sarasota Opera presents "Ernani" starting Saturday, March 11.

7:30 p.m. at Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.
From $25

This stirring score by Verdi takes you through the tale of bandit Ernani, who has lost everything as he faces competing suitors — including the king — for his true love.  

Sunday, March 12

‘I Wanna Be Like You!’
4 p.m. at Bee Ridge Presbyterian Church, 4826 McIntosh Road

Hear things you never knew you could hear from a choir of handbells. From big band-era tunes to the rhythm of Latin music, this versatile program will give you a new appreciation for the instrument.

Sundays at The Bay featuring Amandah Jantzen
6 p.m. at The Oval, 1055 Boulevard of the Arts

Bring your lawn chair and listen to some sweet jazz sung by San Francisco native Amandah Jantzen. Have a listen to her vocal renditions of the Great American Songbook.

The English Chamber Orchestra performs Sunday, March 12 at the Van Wezel.

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

Led by conductor Jose Serebrier, the London-based, Grammy Award-winning English Chamber Orchestra has made 860 recordings of 1,500 works and has performed in more countries than any other orchestra. Brought to you by the Sarasota Concert Association, this program will include Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Haydn.

Nate Jacobs' Jukebox
7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Education Center at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key
$50; members $40
Call 383-8222.

Nate Jacobs, the founder and artistic director of Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, will bring his troupe members to deliver their signature excitement in a performance that includes a selection of musical highlights from their current and prior seasons.

Monday, March 13

PoetryLife: Evening Reading by Award-Winning Poets
7 p.m. at Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave.

During PoetryLife, now in its 11th year, come hear some of the world’s best poets read their work at this event hosted by Bookstore1Sarasota. Featured poets this year include Martin Espada and Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, who have selected works that focus on celebrating heritage. 

‘And the Hits Keep Coming’
7:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 1031 S. Euclid Ave.

EnsembleNewSRQ celebrates the versatility of percussion in this concert featuring four works of new music ranging from a percussion sextet to a marimba quartet.

Voices of the Americas
7:30 p.m. at Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way

The La Musica Chamber Music Festival welcomes the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to perform a program packed with 20th century music from the Americas.

Tuesday, March 14

Jazz Trolley and Pub Crawl
5 p.m. at University Town Center Mall, 140 University Town Center Drive

Grab some friends and board the trolley for a night of fun. Travel around to enjoy various live acts sprinkled throughout 10 venues about town, and enjoy food and drink at local establishments all along the way.

Wednesday, March 15

‘Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help’
8 p.m. at FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
From $33

Time travel back to 1973 to see how the O’Shea family deals with the revelation of a family secret. Funny and touching, this play explores themes of first loves, Catholic guilt and the power of family. Runs through April 22.


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