Things to Do

What to Do in Sarasota: Feb. 4-10

SaraSolo returns with a virtual festival, Shakespearean romance from The Players, love songs from Artist Series Concerts and more.

By Kay Kipling February 4, 2021

Enjoy the SaraSolo WinterFest from the comfort of your own couch.

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

SaraSolo Winter Fest

Feb. 9-13

Held virtually this year (thus dubbed SaraSofa), this celebration of the solo show presents four different filmed offerings, offered three times each. They include Dennis McSorley in Box of Squirrels, Stevie Coyle in As Live As It Gets These Days, Gabriel Ortiz in Between Two Truths and Eileen Earnest in the premiere of An Evening with Gwendolyn? Sign up at, or call (941) 356-5674.

An Evening with David Auburn

Feb. 5

The Pulitzer and Tony-winning playwright of Proof will speak at 5 p.m. about his work and creative process, and he may share from his latest work-in-progress. A collaboration between the Hermitage Artist Retreat and Florida Studio Theatre, this event is offered both in-person on the Hermitage beach and via livestream; registration required at

In Love with Shakespeare

Through Feb. 14

Scenes from several of the Bard’s immortal plays—A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet and Taming of the Shrew—arrive in time for Valentine’s Day, with performances by Players Centre for Performing Arts actors taking place outdoors at the Bazaar on Apricot & Lime. For tickets, head to

Music Compound Five-Year Celebration

Feb. 5

The Sarasota music school marks its fifth anniversary with an event featuring (what else?) music (from the Good Time Groove Band and others), along with dancing, food for sale and an interactive maze. From 6 to 9 p.m. at Robarts Arena on the Sarasota Fairgrounds; for ticket info, call (941) 379-9100 or go to

Sur La Bay Music Festival

Feb. 5

New College of Florida kicks off its celebration of Black History Month with this virtual—and free—concert, from 7 to 9 p.m. Performers will bring to life the sounds of African-American, LatinX and Caribbean music, ranging from hip-hop to Afro punk and beyond. Sign up here.

Amore—The Greatest Love Songs

Feb. 10

Artist Series of Sarasota welcomes vocalist Anthony Nunziata and pianist Bobby Peaco for a brand-new show highlighting songs of love. The 4 p.m. performance, outdoors at Plantation Golf & Country Club in Venice, is followed by dinner at 5 p.m.; visit for more details and tickets.

Englewood Art Center: Left Coast Connections

Through May 28

Thirty-one artists—all of them mentored by longtime teacher Dick Oden or his immediate students—are featured in this exhibition, on view by appointment only. Call (941) 474-5548 or visit

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