Sarasota Magazine's Best of Sarasota 2015 Party
The hottest ticket to the coolest party of the season is now available! Sarasota Magazine's Best of Sarasota Party will be held Tuesday, April 21 at Selby Gardens. Sip, savor, and socialize at Sarasota Magazine’s Annual Best Of Sarasota Party featuring the top restaurants and businesses of the winners and finalists of our annual readers' poll. For tickets visit SarasotaMagazineBest2015.EventBrite.com. For sponsorship opportunities call (941) 487-1109.
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.
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.
Never Marry A Girl With Cold Feet…and other life lessons from Vaudeville
Feb. 18 – June 7
Vaudeville was the original American entertainment. Celebrate its greatest musical artists such as Fanny Brice, George M. Cohen, Jerome Kern, and Al Jolson at this rollicking show, featuring irreverent humor and unforgettable melodies like “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “Birth of the Blues,” “Give My Regards to Broadway,” and “Nobody.” “Never Marry a Girl With Cold Feet” opened this week and continues through June 7 in the Court Cabaret. For tickets, go to floridastudiotheatre.org.
Jazz Hot Mamas
Feb. 21 – March 29
In this hot musical revue, Nate Jacobs salutes the great women performers of the jazz era such as Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Etta Jones, and Peggy Lee. They rose to stardom, broke barriers, and left a legacy few can match. Their phenomenal voices, style, and grace won over audiences around the world. Don’t miss this sensationally sizzling show! Get tickets at westcoastblacktheatre.org.
Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre: Camera Illuminata
March 6 – 7
Known for his striking blend of theatricality and musicality, Dušan Týnek has been hailed for his sophisticated movement invention, ingenious use of space and ability to convey emotion and atmosphere through original dance. For The Ringling’s New Stages 2015, Re:Imagined, the company will present Camera Illuminata, intimate solos and duets inspired by great works of art by such masters as Carravagio, Degas and Schiele. Additionally, a new dance will be created based on a work from The Ringling collection. Go to ringling.org for tickets.
An Evening LIVE at The Sands
Celebrate the legendary and glamorous 1960s Las Vegas nightclub, the Copa Room at the Sands Hotel. Enjoy cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by seated dinner and dancing to the sounds of a well-known Rat Pack tribute band. Proceeds support the Asolo Rep’s 2014-2015 season and education outreach programs. Go to asolorep.org for more information and tickets.
Polo Under the Palms
This 5th anniversary event begins with an up-close, exciting polo match, followed by cocktail and hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dancing. Beneficiaries are Mote Marine Laboratory’s Cancer & Biomedical Research programs, and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. For tickets and information, go to polounderthepalms.com.
Friendship Around the World
A cultural smorgasbord of fun, this gala features a culinary tour of foods from the seven continents and diverse cultural entertainment and music from around the world. All to benefit the programs and services of The Friendship Centers. To reserve your ticket, call (941) 556-3205 or go to friendshipcenters.org.
Conversations at the Crocker
How Sarasota became a place for jazz. Live performance and plenty of lively conversation. For information, visit hsosc.com or call (941) 364-9076.
Literacy Matters Luncheon
The Literacy Council of Sarasota presents speaker Liza McFadden, CEO and executive director of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. The Foundation is celebrating its 25th year championing the cause of literacy as a civil right for all. For tickets and information, call the Literacy Council at (941) 955-0421, or email [email protected].
Cause4HOPE: Unmasking Parkinson's
Join Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson's to honor Larry and Nola Hietbrink, staunch advocates in the fight against Parkinson's disease. The festivities include dancing to the 60s’ tunes, open bar, silent auctions and paddle raise in an atmosphere of masquerade splendor. For information call (941) 926- 6413 or go to parkinsonsneurochallenge.org.
American Cancer Society Big Top Gala
Enjoy an elegant evening of gourmet dining, live music and dancing, live and silent auctions, and surprises courtesy of Feld Entertainment. Join in this fun event to support cancer research and education, and advocacy and services on behalf of and for cancer patients. For tickets and information, go to cancer.org.
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. For more information, visit sarasotaballet.org.
Takacs String Quartet with Joyce Yang, Piano
Presented by the Sarasota Concert Association. Go to scasarasota.org for tickets.
Simply Sarasota Tour of Homes
Tour posh Sarasota homes and enjoy surprises at each location. The tour benefits the Junior League of Sarasota, and is always a delight. Go to jlsarasota.org for more information and for tickets.