Good News Friday: Biz(941) Supports - April 3, 2015

By Chelsey Lucas April 2, 2015

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Sarasota Open Tennis Tournament

April 11-19

The Sarasota Open is the premier men’s professional tournament in Southwest Florida, attracting some of the top players on the ATP World Tour. For tickets and information, visit



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 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



Girls Inc. Celebration Luncheon

April 10

The 27th annual Celebration Luncheon honors Cookie Boudreaux with the Donna Brace Ogilvie Board of Directors Visionary Award, Sherry Watts with the National Girls Inc. Champions for Girls Award, and the 2015 Girls Inc. Girl of the Year Isabelle Crotsley. Enjoy shopping in the Dream Harbor Boutique before the luncheon, and be inspired by the stories of girls who will change the world. For tickets, go to



Sarasota Film Festival

April 10 – 19

Experience the best in international film alongside exciting programs and events. Choose from dozens of films screened during the Festival, including features, documentaries, shorts and kid-friendly picks. Go to for tickets and information.



Conversations at the Crocker

April 14

Mable Ringling and her impact on Sarasota. Ringling Museum of the Circus curator Deborah Walk is the conversation leader. For information, visit or call (941) 364-9076.




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



“Newtown: A Glimpse Through Our Eyes”

April 16

The Sarasota Film Festival presents the premiere of this film, directed by Booker High School student participants in the SFF Film Academy. Produced by Samuel Curtis, Director of Education; Honorable Charles E. Williams, Consulting Producer. Go to for tickets.



Suncoast Boat Show 

April 17-19

Enjoy the great outdoors at the annual Suncoast Boat Show while pricing and comparing hundreds of boats from the Gulfcoast's leading boat dealers. Also on display: a full range of marine electronics, products and accessories. Food and beverages on site. Plenty of downtown parking. There is no better time than right now for a new boat! Go to for more information.



Tropical Nights 2015

April 18

Celebrate beachside on beautiful Palm Island with a decadent dinner, dancing, bidding and fun! This 20th annual tropical event supports the Warren Loranger Englewood YMCA’s Children & Families Scholarship Fund and programs at the Y. Visit for more information and to buy tickets.



The Hermitage Greenfield Prize Dinner

April 18

The Greenfield Prize at the Hermitage Artist Retreat pursues the mission "to bring into the world works of art that will have a significant impact on the broader or artistic culture." The prize identifies individuals whose past work and future prospects position them to achieve this lofty and ambitious goal. This year’s dinner features keynote speaker Olympia Dukakis and will celebrate Pulitzer-winning playwright Nilo Cruz, winner of the 2014 Greenfield prize. Go to for more information.



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 for show times and to purchase tickets.



Sarasota Magazine's Best of Sarasota 2015 Party

April 21

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 For sponsorship opportunities call (941) 487-1109.

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