Knock Me A Kiss
Jan. 7 – Feb. 8
Knock Me a Kiss is a fascinating but fictional account of the 1928 marriage of W.E.B. DuBois' daughter to one of Harlem's most talented poets. The marriage marked the height of the Harlem Renaissance and was viewed as the perfect union of African-American talent and beauty, but the union of man and woman failed. This powerful play exposes the tragically flawed error in judgment by one of the greatest intellects of the 20th century. Visit westcoastblacktheatre.org for tickets.
Nov. 11 - Dec. 28
From the hauntingly beautiful first three notes of “Bali Ha’i” to the exquisite “Some Enchanted Evening,” this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic contains some of the most glorious music ever written. The winner of 10 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, South Pacific tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples — US Navy nurse Nellie Forbush and expatriate French plantation owner Emile de Becque, and Navy Airman Joe Cable and young local girl Liat — and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and their own prejudices. Helmed by the same director as Show Boat, we’re ecstatic to bring you the grandeur and intimacy of South Pacific in a fresh new production featuring all-new orchestrations arranged especially for Asolo Rep. Go to asolorep.org for show times and to purchase tickets.
Jan. 6 – March 15
Lino Tagliapietra is widely recognized as one of the world's premier artists working in glass. This exhibit will include more than 30 works on loan from the artist, Schantz Galleries in Stockbridge, MA, and the Richard and Barbara Basch Collection. For more information, go to ringling.edu.
Discover the Joy of Giving
Jan. 12 – Feb. 16
University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, in partnership with the Lifelong Learning Academy and the Leopold Institute for Philanthropic Studies, presents a series of five inspiring conversations with local and national philanthropy experts, moderated by Kelley Lavin, publisher of Sarasota Magazine. Donation of $100 per person includes all five sessions, each followed by a fully-catered cocktail reception at the Powel Crosley Estate, and Tracy Gary’s book, Inspired Philanthropy. Registrants will vote to distribute $25,000 in grants from the Leopold Institute for Philanthropic Studies. Call (941) 359-4296, or register at thelifelonglearningacademy.com/philanthropy-series.
Town Hall: Dr. Charles Krauthammer
The Ringling College Library Association presents Sarasota’s premiere lecture series and Dr. Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post columnist, Pulitzer Prize winner for distinguished commentary, Fox News contributor and author of Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics. For more information, go to rclassociation.org.
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Presented by the Sarasota Concert Association. Pinchas Zukerman is conductor and soloist. Go to scasarasota.org for tickets.
Preview Gala for Sarasota Winter Art & Antiques Show
Enjoy a wine and cheese reception and shop the Sarasota Winter Art & Antiques Show before it opens to the public. Designing Women benefits from this gala event. The show opens to everyone January 16 and continues through the 18th, presenting a wide range of antique furniture, paintings, silver, bronzes, porcelain, crystal, antique and estate jewelry, pottery, prints, watches, rare books, vintage clothing and accessories, and much more. Go to sarasotaartandantiques.org for more information about the Preview Gala and the show.
Sweet Home Habitat
Join the crew of Habitat for Humanity South County as they click their heels together and say, “There’s no place like home.” Follow the yellow brick road and enjoy dinner and dancing at the beautiful Plantation Golf & Country Club. For ticket information, call Veronica at 941-493-6606 x 225 or visit habitatsouthsarasota.org.
Lilly High Tea and Champagne Fashion Show
Join the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County for afternoon high tea and champagne fashion show poolside at the Jewels on the Bay Showhouse. Enjoy an exclusive first look at the 20th anniversary showcase and the Lilly Pulitzer spring 2015 line. Go to bgcsarasota.com for more information and tickets.
SMOA’s 2015 Re: The Bash!
Join Ringling College of Art and Design and share in a fun-filled evening full of surprises and memorable moments. Dinner under the tent at the home of SMOA, and a lively auction of unique items—wine, travel, dinner—all so difficult to resist! Proceeds benefit Sarasota Museum of Art. Go to sarasotamuseumofart.org or call (941) 309-1118 for details.