Things to Do

What to Do in Sarasota: Jan. 21-27

A burger and beer bash, an open-air art show, outdoor concerts, provocative panel discussions and much more.

By Kay Kipling January 21, 2021

(Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, in-person events are subject to change. Please check before venturing out.)

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota

Jan. 21

Baritone Todd Thomas and pianist Joseph Holt team for this concert featuring music from the theater and cabaret scene, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. To see if any seats remain, call (941) 306-1202 or click here.

The Players Centre for Performing Arts: Souvenir

Jan. 21-31

This show concept will be familiar to those who saw Meryl Streep star as socialite and would-be singer Florence Foster Jenkins in the film bearing her name. Here Jenkins is played by Players stalwart Ellie Pattison, who is joined by Cory Woomert as her accompanist and accomplice Cosme McMoon. Performances take place at The Bazaar at Apricot & Lime, 821 Apricot Ave., Sarasota. Click here for tickets.

Hermitage Sunsets @ Selby Gardens

Jan. 22

Another musical celebration of the sunset, this one offering sounds from innovative flutist Claire Chase, at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Selby Gardens, in partnership with The Hermitage Artist Retreat. Register online here.

Sarasota Open Air Fine Art Show

Jan. 23 and 24

You may recall this open-air show from last fall at Phillippi Estate Park. It returns with more fine arts and crafts for sale, in a juried format, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A “Budding Artists” competition for students takes place at 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission $5. Click here for more info.

Burger & Beer Festival

Jan. 23 and 24

Two of our favorite things return during this second annual fest held at The Mall at University Town Center, from noon to 6 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday. There will be plentiful food trucks, live music, lots of craft beers to sample, a family fun zone and chances to vote for your favorites in the food and drink categories. Click here for more info. 

The Ringling: Acoustic Sunset

Jan. 25

These popular outdoor concerts on the Ca’ d’Zan Terrace on The Ringling grounds return, with solo musician Damon Fowler providing the songs, starting at 5 p.m. on Monday. Seating is limited. Click here for more info.

Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative Arts & Racial Justice Panel Series

Jan. 25

A panel touching on topics of diversity and racial equity in the visual arts. Moderated by renowned journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault, the panel welcomes Gale Fulton-Ross, Katherine Pill and museum directors Steven High and Anne-Marie Russell. The talk starts at 5 p.m. Monday. To see if any spots remain open, click here.

New College Foundation New Topics Lecture

Jan. 27

There are lots of virtual talks and panels are going on right now, including “Inclusion at Any Cost? When New College Was ‘Home’ to a White Nationalist,” featuring R. Derek Black. Black was once a white nationalist who came to change his way of thinking after attending New College of Florida. He is the subject of the book Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist, and was also profiled in Sarasota Magazine. The talk starts at 5 p.m. Wednesday. To register, call (941) 487-4888 or click here.

Angels for Artists Art Auction and Rock ’n’ Roll Benefit

Jan. 27 and 28

In its second year, this Halo Arts Project event goes virtual for an auction starting at 5:30 Wednesday and will employ social distancing for a silent art auction starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, at Mara Gallery at 1421 Fifth St., Sarasota. Wrapped eats, cocktails and a chance to meet the artists there, cost $20. Funds raised support visual artists fellowship awards. Click here for more info.

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