Weekend Planner

What to Do in Sarasota This Weekend: Jan. 23-29

Loads of laughs with Steve Martin, Martin Short, Louie Anderson and Rita Rudner at the Van Wezel, and more.

By Ilene Denton January 23, 2020

Steve Martin and Martin Short

Steve Martin and Martin Short: The Funniest Show in Town at the Moment

Jan. 23

Those wild and crazy guys return to the Van Wezel with their newest comedy show, and this time they’re bringing along the First Ladies of Bluegrass. We sense banjo strumming in our future…

Louie Anderson and Rita Rudner

Jan. 28

More laughs for Van Wezel audiences when Louie Anderson, who Comedy Central calls “One of 100 Greatest Stand­-Up Comedians of All Time,” joins Rita Rudner, who holds the record as the longest-running solo comedy show in the history Las Vegas.


Jan. 24-26

Eight-time Grammy nominated songwriter Sara Bareilles wrote the score for this charming Broadway musical that’s based on the film of the same name about a pie-making waitress with big dreams. Five performances at the Van Wezel. 

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Jan. 29

Renowned Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman joins the Grammy Award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at the Van Wezel for Tchaikovsky's The Seasons and Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Part of the Sarasota Concert Association’s milestone 75th Great Performers season. 

Embracing Our Differences

Through April 5

Next time you’re in downtown Sarasota, swing by Bayfront Park to see the 17th annual version of this outdoor art exhibit, on view through April 5. Fifty inspiring billboard-size works of art were chosen from more than 16,000 submissions by artists from all over the world—wow.

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