Ricki Bertoni in Michel Fokine’s Petrushka. Photo Frank Atura.
The Ballets Russes – A Tribute to Nijinsky
This final program of the season opens with a special tribute to Sergei Diaghilev and The Ballets Russes. Stretching 20 years, The Sarasota Ballet pays tribute to the Fokine era, presenting Fokine’s Les Sylphides and Petrushka, along with Nijinsky’s Afternoon of a Faun, presented with live music by the Sarasota Orchestra. Go to sarasotaballet.org for tickets and show times.
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.
April 15 – May 17
"I git to the git with some pain n' some spit n' some spunk." The rich, earthy language of writer Zora Neale Hurston is evident in these three tales of love, revenge and redemption. Spunk, with its music and dance, humor and intensity, breathes new life into her remarkable short stories from the Harlem Renaissance. They are “tales of survival told in the key of the blues,” with a common theme of hope for the future. An award-winning, off-Broadway show. Get tickets at westcoastblacktheatre.org.
Luck Be A Lady: The Iconic Music of Frank Loesser
April 28 – May 24
Frank Loesser’s songs earned him four Tonys, a Pulitzer, a Grammy, an Academy Award, and an iconic place in American music history. From his Broadway musicals Guys and Dolls and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying – to his enormously popular hits “Heart and Soul” and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” – Loesser beautifully captured the human experience through his music, and his songs continue to touch our hearts and funny bones today. This brand new musical will feature some of Broadway’s finest, singing and dancing their way through the songbook of this incomparable composer. Go to asolorep.org for show times and to purchase tickets.
EDC Sarasota County Economic Outlook 2015
Sean Snaith, Ph.D., director of the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Economic Competitiveness returns to present an Economic Update for our local, regional, and national economy. Go to edcsarasotacounty.com for more information.
This series of memorable events and experiences brings poets together with readers to celebrate, learn, love and live poetry. Featured are Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate 2001-2003, and Marie Howe, New York State Poet Laureate 2012-2014, and special guest will be Pulitzer Prize winning poet Tracy K. Smith. To see all the events and get tickets, go to floridastudiotheatre.org.
Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week
Plan your summer culinary adventure around the Sarasota area’s award-winning restaurants without breaking the bank. During Savor Sarasota, enjoy three-course meals for just $15 per person for lunch, and $29 per person for dinner. Summer never tasted so good. Find out who’s cooking and view the delectable menus from participating restaurants at savorsarasota.com.