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The best things to do in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, Longboat for April 11-17

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The ukulele band The Birdwatchers plays Fogartyville April 12.
The ukulele band The Birdwatchers plays Fogartyville April 12.
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Thursday, April 11

Opening Reception
5-7 p.m. at Creative Liberties, 901B Apricot Ave. and 927 N. Lime Ave., Sarasota

View and purchase the work of more than 25 local artists in exhibitions at two Creative Liberties locations. 

7:30 p.m. at Urbanite Theatre, 1487 Second St., Sarasota

Directed by Urbanite Artistic Director Summer Dawn Wallace, “Westminster” tells the story of a woman who receives a rescue dog as a surprise present from an old friend. Runs through April 28.

8 p.m. at FST’s Gompertz Theatre, 1265 First St., Sarasota

Featuring music by Sugarland’s Kristian Bush, “Troubadour’ tells the story of a country music legend’s son in the 1950s who is trying to carry on his father’s legacy. When he joins forces with unlikely allies, the world of country music is changed forever. Runs through May 19.

Friday, April 12

Jazz @ 2: Mark Moultrup Trio
2 p.m. at Unitarian Universalists of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota

The Mark Moultrup Trio features a tribute to the music of singer, songwriter, musician and actor Mel Torme, who got the nickname “The Velvet Fog” for his smooth voice.

Block Party and Club Day
6-9 p.m. at Main Street at Lakewood Ranch

The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance partners with Lakewood Ranch Main Street and Lakewood Ranch Community Activities to present a free event that includes live music (the Hangtime Band), beer trucks, food vendors, vendor booths and lots of activities for adults and kids. The event gives those attending a chance to meet with local businesses, builders, groups and clubs.

Movie in the Park: 'Cars'
7 p.m. at Waterside Park, 7301 Island Cove Terrace, Lakewood Ranch

The monthly free movie series sponsored by Grace Community Church continues with a showing of "Cars." Showtimes begin at sunset. The first 300 attendees receive a free cotton candy. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Inflatables for kids will be available from 7-8:30 p.m.

Joyce Yang joins the Sarasota Orchestra for its seventh Masterworks concert April 12-14 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.
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Yang Plays Mozart
7:30 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
$35 and up

Joyce Yang returns as a soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24. Austrian conductor Katharina Wincor, who makes her Sarasota Orchestra debut, leads the program featuring Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8. The program opens with Sarasota native Roger Zare's ode to the comet that crossed the skies in 2020. Runs through April 14.

The Birdwatchers
8 p.m. at Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota

Based in Utah, The Birdwatchers brings three-part harmonies with tenor, baritone and bass ukulele to original tunes and classics. Alabama’s Kirk Jones, who calls himself a “funsician,” opens the show along with rock duo Vincent and Norine Mungo from Tampa.

Saturday, April 13

'Neighbors': In-Studio Performance
3 and 7 p.m. at Sarasota Contemporary Dance, 1400 Boulevard of the Arts Suite 300, Sarasota

With her piece "Neighbors,” choreographer Tania Vergara Perez uses humor, dance, video projections and music to comment on the need to create emotional bonds with people around us who aren’t family.

La Musica Chamber Music presents a program of "Mozart, Kodaly and More" Saturday, April 13, at the Sarasota Opera House.
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'Mozart, Kodaly & More'
5 p.m. at Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota

La Musica Chamber Music bills this program as classically elegant with “spice.” It features Mozart’s arrangement of his Piano Concerto, Kodály’s Serenade and two works by Arensky — children’s songs and his rarely performed Cello Quartet.

Grand Finale Polo Event
5 p.m. at the Sarasota Polo Club, 8201 Polo Club Lane, Lakewood Ranch

The Sarasota Polo Club caps another season of polo with a Saturday evening program that features the Hillcroft Invitational 14 Goal title match. Besides the polo action, enjoy the opening parade, halftime wagon rides, and food and drinks. Enjoy the traditional divot stomping at halftime. Stick around after the final match of the season for live entertainment by the Hang Time Band. 

‘The Listener’: Closing Film of the 26th Sarasota Film Festival
6:30 p.m. at the Regal Hollywood, 1993 Main St., Sarasota

Director Steve Buscemi comes to Sarasota for the Florida premiere of his film, “The Listener,” starring Tessa Thompson as a volunteer at a suicide prevention hotline with a troubled past of her own. Buscemi will hold a Q&A session following the screening. A closing night party and awards ceremony takes place afterward at Sage Restaurant for an additional $50.

‘Radio Waves’
7 p.m. St. Boniface Episcopal Church, 5615 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key

Ring Sarasota Handbell Ensemble plays radio hits across all genres, including country, Latin and '80s pop. 

Sunday, April 14

Icon art by Christine Hales
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Icon Exhibit Artist Reception
11:15 a.m. at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key

All Angels Gallery will host a collection of Byzantine-style icons created by local iconographer Christine Hales. She will share over 20 icons from her collection crafted in the ancient Byzantine tradition using tempera paints and gold leaf gilding on wood panels. The exhibit is open through June 28. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. 

‘What a Wonderful World’
3 p.m. at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota

Join the Suncoast Jazz Ambassadors as they close out their 2023-24 season. 

Considering Matthew Shepard
7 p.m. at Church of the Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota
$40; students $5

Choral Artists of Sarasota takes audiences on a moving musical journey about the life of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man murdered in 1998 in Wyoming. The performance also features a chamber ensemble of Sarasota Orchestra musicians.

Hard Heart Burlesque plays McCurdy's Comedy Theatre on Sunday, April 14.
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Hard Heart Burlesque
8 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota

Created by producers Miss Marina Elaine and Karma Kandlewick, Hard Heart Burlesque welcomes spring with a show emceed by Franki Markstone and featuring burlesque performers Ruby Vesper, Barbarella Brown, Karma Carnelian, pole dancer Kyle and Sarasota songbird Nicole Dreger.

Monday, April 15

The Market on Longboat Key
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Town Center Green, 600 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key

Enjoy food trucks and live music while browsing clothing, flowers, plants, artwork, sunglasses, handcrafted goods and more in the market. Follow The Market on Longboat Key or Markets by Nancy on Facebook and Instagram to see who will be there and what they will be bringing. Some food vendors let you preorder pies, cakes, and breads so they will be ready and waiting upon your arrival. 

Angélica Negrón and ensembleNewSRQ
7:30 p.m. at The Hermitage Artist Retreat, 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood

Contemporary classical music group ensembleNewSRQ teams up with the Hermitage Artist Retreat to present the world premiere of Hermitage Greenfield Prize Winner Angélica Negrón’s newest work for a unique ensemble of low strings, harps, percussion and electronics. 

Tuesday, April 16

Duo Beaux Arts
7:30 p.m. at State College of Florida, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton

Artist Series Concerts presents a husband and wife team known for their energetic performances featuring works for piano four hands and two pianos. 

Wednesday April 17

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe closes its 2023-24 season with "Marvin Gaye: Prince of Soul" from April 17 to May 26.
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‘Marvin Gaye: Prince of Soul’
7:30 p.m. at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1012 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota

Sheldon Rhoden reprises the title role in “Marvin Gaye: Prince of Soul," which was written, adapted and is being directed by WBTT Founder and Artistic Director Nate Jacobs. Gaye was a trailblazer in Black music with musical partner Tammi Terrell at Motown before touching a nation with haunting solo ballads like “What’s Going On?” that still resonate today. Runs through May 26.


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