Circus Arts Gala Under the Big Top
Enjoy an exquisite evening of fabulous food and entertainment – circus style. Held in memory of our beloved friend Tana Sandefur, this event epitomizes the glitz, glamour and compassion of Tana and the Circus Arts Conservatory community outreach programs she supported. Go to circusarts.org for information and 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.
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.
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.
Forks & Corks Winemaker Dinners
Enjoy a variety of upscale dinners, casual tasting events and lesson luncheons at participating Originals restaurants, featuring visiting winemakers. Go to dineoriginal.com to learn more.
Forks & Corks University
Taste and learn about rare and inspired wines at these educational seminars, led by recognized wine experts from around the world. East session includes a gourmet four-course luncheon with wine pairings. Get tickets at dineoriginal.com.
Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation's Corinthian Gala
Don’t miss this elegant gala dinner dance which through Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation benefits patient care, education, research, facilities and technology for the healthcare of the community. For more information and tickets, call (941) 917-1286 or visit smhf.org.
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, “Folk Inspirations”
Presented by the Sarasota Concert Association. Go to scasarasota.org for tickets.
Inside the Studio
Including demonstrations by dancers of The Sarasota Ballet, Inside the Studio Series brings patrons into the studios for behind-the-curtain experiences into the upcoming program.
The Sarasota Ballet Presents Dance Theatre of Harlem
Jan. 30 - Feb. 1
With a repertoire of more than 125 works which have received critical acclaim and achieved unprecedented success, Dance Theatre of Harlem brings bold new artistic expression to Sarasota for their only performances in Florida this year, and will include opportunities for a Master Class and additional school outreach workshops. Go to sarasotaballet.org for tickets and show times.
Both Your Houses
Jan. 21- April 12
Imagine a divided Congress. Imagine lawmakers more interested in lining their own pockets than serving the national interest. Imagine an idealistic young Congressman determined to expose the corruption by introducing a bill so stuffed with pork it is sure to oink itself to death. Will his fight cost him the support of his peers, his constituents, and the woman he loves — who just happens to be the daughter of the Appropriations Committee chairman? A comic masterpiece that could have been pulled straight from today’s headlines, this marvelous political satire is as relevant today as when it won the Pulitzer Prize in 1933. Colorful characters, sharp wit and glorious wisecracks reminiscent of 1930s screwball comedies add to the fun and fury. Go to asolorep.org for show times and to purchase tickets.