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The best things to do in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, Longboat for Jan. 18-24

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"Tick, Tick...Boom!" runs through Jan. 28 at The Sarasota Players.
"Tick, Tick...Boom!" runs through Jan. 28 at The Sarasota Players.
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Thursday, Jan. 18

‘Voice, Vision and Verbs’
5 p.m. at Hermitage Artist Retreat, 6630 Manasota Key Road, Englewood

Hermitage Fellows Joan La Barbara, Laura Kaminsky and Jacquelyn Reingold describe how voice and vision shape their musical and theatrical creations.

Sarasota Contemporary Dance Studio presents "Evolving/Revolving" Jan. 28-21 at FSU Center for the Performing Arts.
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7 p.m. at Jane B. Cook Theatre at FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Choreographer/dancer Alyson Dolan and composer/musician Drew Silverman collaborate with SCD Artistic Director Leymis Bolanos Wilmott on a new, multi-disciplinary work featuring projection design by New College of Florida student Lindsey Jennings. Runs through Jan. 21. 

7:30 p.m. at Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W, Bradenton

The first musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein, “Oklahoma!” has won the love of new audiences through a recent Broadway revival. The show follows farm girl Laurey as she is wooed by affable cowboy Curly and menacing farmhand Jud. Runs through Feb. 4. 

"A Soldier's Play" runs Jan. 18 through Feb. 18 at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe.
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‘A Soldier’s Play’
7:30 p.m. at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1012 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota

The year is 1944; the place is Louisiana, deep in the segregated South. A Black sergeant is shot to death. Capt. Richard Davenport arrives to find out who did it and why. Runs through Feb. 18.

‘Stand Up Jesus’
7:30 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Robert Dubac’s funny, irreverent show imagines what would happen if the Savior came back as a stand-up comedian.

‘Tick, Tick...Boom!’
7:30 p.m. at The Sarasota Players, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 1130, Sarasota

The Sarasota Players present the autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning composer of "Rent." With 14 songs, 10 characters, three actors and a band, "Tick, Tick…Boom!" takes you on a journey from desperation to a Broadway hit. Runs through Jan. 28.

‘Little Shop of Horrors’
8 p.m. at Florida Studio Theatre’s Gompertz Theatre, 1265 First St., Sarasota

An unsuspecting flower shop assistant is manipulated by an out-of-this-world plant he dubs “Audrey II” after his co-worker crush. He soon falls prey to its plans for world domination and its appetite for human blood. Runs through Sunday.

Friday, Jan. 19

Jazz @ 2 - Skip Conkling’s Dixie Mix
2 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota

Get a taste of New Orleans jazz as Jazz Club of Sarasota presents Skip Conkling’s Dixie Mix. The band features Mike Evans on vocals and banjo, Harley Sommerfeld on sax, Marv Luckett on trombone, Joe Miller on trumpet, John DeWitt on bass and Conkling on the drums.

St. Armands International Food Truck & Music Festival
4-10 p.m. Friday at Ken Thompson Park, 1700 Ken Thompson Parkway, City Island

Warm up with the St. Armands Food Truck Rally and Music Festival. Diverse food trucks will be offering a wide variety of flavors. Continues 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Songs from the Sand: A Hermitage Cabaret
5 p.m. at Longboat Key Town Center, 600 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key

The Hermitage Retreat and the Town of Longboat Key team up to present an evening featuring original works from Hermitage Fellows performed by some of Sarasota’s most talented artists.

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

When “Mind of Mencia” debuted on Comedy Central in 2005, it quickly became one of the top shows in the network’s history. Mencia, who was born in Honduras, doesn’t shy away from provocative topics like race, class and culture. His latest tour allows him to share new material in more intimate settings. 

Bee Gees Gold
7 p.m. at Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Building 5, Venice

With John Acosta playing Barry Gibb, this BeeGees tribute show featuring a live band recreates the look and sound of the superstar group from the '60s to the late '70s. Hear early hits like “I Started a Joke” as well as disco classics made famous by the movie “Saturday Night Fever.”

Claudia Schmidt with Alice Howe and Freebo
8 p.m. at Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota

Three stellar performers come together for an evening of folk, blues and roots music. Music icon Freebo alone is worth the price of admission.

‘Inherit The Wind’
8 p.m. at FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
From $35

Asolo Rep producing artistic director Peter Rothstein brings the classic American drama “Inherit the Wind” to the stage in Sarasota. Based on the famous 1925 trial about a high-school teacher convicted for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution, “Inherit” also inspired an Oscar-winning film. Runs through Feb. 24.

Saturday, Jan. 20

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

Meet artists from across the country with handmade works of paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry and more. Continues Sunday.

‘China Grove: Tribute to the Doobie Brothers’
7 p.m. at Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave. Building 5, Venice

Boomers never tire of hearing the soundtrack to their glorious youth. This Doobie Brothers tribute, performed by Florida band China Grove, promises to bring back the good times, minus the contraband substance that gave the original band its name. 

FST Improv Presents ‘Life’s A Beach’
8:30 p.m. at FST’s Bowne’s Lab Theatre, 1265 First St., Sarasota

Whether you’re a snowbird or a Suncoast longtimer, you’ll get a kick out of FST Improv’s show celebrating the rituals of Sarasota life. Leave your surfboards and fishing rods at home, but dress the part of Florida Man (or Woman) to liven up the evening. Runs Saturdays through March 23. 

Sunday, Jan. 21

'Easy to Love'
3 p.m. at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota

In this Suncoast Jazz Ambassadors program, you’ll hear romantic favorites such as “Stormy Weather” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.” 

Monday, Jan. 22

Scott Lee opens "Night & Day" with the world premiere of "Karst."
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'Night & Day'
7:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 1031 S. Euclid Ave., Sarasota

EnsembleNewSRQ premieres Scott Lee’s “Karst,” the first of this season’s two commissions for the contemporary classical music group co-foundeded by Samantha Bennett and George Nickson. “Night & Day” also includes string, harp and percussion pieces from Molly Herron, Sebastian Currier, Einojuhani Rautavaara and Sam Adams.  

Wednesday, Jan. 24

Concert: Soprano Michelle Giglio and Pianist Gail Berenson
10:30 a.m. at Selby Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota

Michelle Giglio's credits include concerts, tours and recordings in Europe. When the Sarasota Ballet performed at the Joyce Theatre in New York City, Giglio provided vocal accompaniment. Gail Berenson, Ohio University Professor Emerita of Piano, is a teacher, performer, collaborative pianist, author and lecturer.

Harlem Quartet
7:30 p.m. at Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota

Sarasota Concert Association presents Harlem String Quartet in their Sarasota debut performing works by Beethoven, Fanny Mendelssohn and more. Known for their eclectic programming, the Grammy Award-winning quartet has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman and has performed at Carnegie Hall and the White House. 

Drop anchor and head over to Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall to hear Yacht Rock Revue at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 24.
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Yacht Rock Revue
7:30 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

There may be other bands playing the hits of Steely Dan and Hall and Oates, but there’s only Yacht Rock Revue. The group has even trademarked the term “yacht rock” to deter pretenders to the helm. These seasoned rock veterans rose from a basement band to a touring sensation, thanks to their collaboration with Live Nation and Sirius XM. 


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