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.
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.
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.
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.
Indigo Nights Black Tie Gala
Join SKY Family YMCA for Venice’s premier event of the season–an evening of gourmet dining, dancing, fabulous auction items and fun. Proceeds benefit the Children & Families Scholarship Fund and programs at the Venice YMCA. Visit swflymca.org for more information and to buy tickets.
Conversations at the Crocker
The young turks of architecture envision Sarasota’s future. Sarasota Herald-Tribune real estate editor Harold Bubil interviews them. For information, visit hsosc.com or call (941) 364-9076.
Life Between the Pages with David Baldacci
David Baldacci, bestselling master of suspense and tireless advocate for literacy, is guest speaker at Library Foundation for Sarasota County’s third annual Author Luncheon. For tickets and information, go to sarasotalibraryfoundation.org.
Sarasota Concert Association 70th Anniversary and Concert, featuring Dick Hyman
Celebrate the Sarasota Concert Association’s 70th with fine dining by Treviso and the music of Dick Hyman. Go to scasarasota.org for tickets.
Orchid Ball – The Ruby Affair
Bring your heart to a good cause at this black tie affair and enjoy the romance of a thousand blooms. Contact [email protected] or call (941) 366-5731, ext. 251 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. Visit sarasotaballet.org for more information.
USF Sarasota-Manatee HospitaBull Evening Dinner
Enjoy “A Taste of Israel” at this sophisticated dining experience organized, prepared and served by USF Manatee-Sarasota students in the College of Hospitality & Technology Leadership alongside renowned Israeli chef Yaron Azuolay. For more information, visit usfsm.edu/hospitabull.