Things to Do

What to Do in Sarasota Sept. 17-23

A bayside cabaret show, a new exhibit at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, and more.

By Kay Kipling September 17, 2020

Singer Shantel Norman and her ensemble perform live at the Van Wezel this weekend.

Editor’s note: In-person events are subject to change. Please check before venturing out.

Cabaret by the Bay

Sept. 18 and 19

The popular Shantel Norman Quartet kicks off this new series of live, in-person concerts, with very limited seating, in the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Grand Foyer, with performances at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Tickets sold in increments of two or four guests per table; food and beverage by Mattison’s available for additional cost. Check it out at

Conceal and Carry


In this time of darkened theaters, downtown’s Urbanite Theatre has decided to try out something a bit retro—a radio play. Co-founder Brendan Ragan takes on the role of a liberal writer on a drive to what might be a deadly encounter; on the way, he muses about his paradoxical interest in guns. This one-man piece written by Sean Christopher Lewis is about 50 minutes long; tune in at

John Lewis: Good Trouble

Sept. 21

A screening of the film about the late, great Congressman John Lewis, available for streaming through Sept. 21, with a live virtual panel discussion with the film’s director, Dawn Porter and others discussing Lewis’ lasting legacy. The rental also allows access to additional videos, including a panel with two of the other original Freedom Riders. Tickets are $12 through or by calling (941) 263-6799 or visiting the Van Wezel box office.

Water’s Extreme Journey

Opening Sept. 23

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature opens a new exhibition where visitors can transform themselves into a water droplet on its journey through an interactive maze in a quest for clean water. Developed by marine life artist Wyland, this is part of the museum’s yearlong celebration of Our Blue Planet; there’s also a virtual opening reception with director of exhibitions Matt Woodside at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 on Zoom. For more, visit

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