Editor’s note: In-person events are subject to change. Please check before venturing out.
Florida Studio Theatre: Three Pianos
March 31-May 2
FST continues its reopening schedule with this original cabaret show featuring pianists Michael Maricondi, Madalyn McHugh and Nygel D. Robinson and highlighting hits by songwriters known for their way around a keyboard, like Elton John, Carole King and Billy Joel. It’s in the Gompertz Theatre, with social distancing, masks and other safety guidelines in place. For tickets, call (941) 366-9000 or visit floridastudiotheatre.org.
Venice Theatre: 2020: The Year That Almost Was
March 26 and 27
Another theater starting to present live shows again, VT presents an original cabaret from music director Michelle Kasanofsky, joined by Mikal Mancini on piano and bass and Joel Broome on drums. You’ll get to hear songs from shows the theater was planning to produce last year but had to cancel due to the pandemic. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. each evening; safety protocols in place. Head to venicetheatre.org for ticket info.
The Hermitage Artist Retreat: “Storied Stories of the Creative Process”
Sarasota Magazine’s own Mr. Chatterbox, Robert Plunket, is joined by longtime friend (and author and New York Post theater columnist) Michael Riedel in this candid conversation about famed artistic projects in their early development. (BTW, have you read Riedel’s latest, Singular Sensation: The Triumph of Broadway? A must for theater junkies.) You can eavesdrop in person at 5:30 p.m. at the retreat’s Manasota Key beachfront, or virtually; either way, register at hermitageartistretreat.org.
Sarasota Orchestra: Death and the Maiden
The orchestra’s string musicians go all out on this classic Schubert String Quartet No. 14, in live performances at Holley Hall. If you haven’t yet snagged a ticket to one of those concerts, you can also check it out in streaming mode April 1-6. Just go to sarasotaorchestra.org for more details.
Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota: Ventures in Brass
More music, this time highlighting brass musicians Aaron Romm, Alan Evans, Robert Moore, Joe Offner and Joseph Alvarez—members of the Venice Symphony Brass Quintet. Set for 3 p.m. outdoors at Nathan Benderson Park, with a program running the gamut from classical to pop, including selections from Bach, Handel and the Beatles. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling (941) 306-1202 or going to artistseriesconcerts.org.
Venice Symphony: Resound, Resilience
While we’re talking about the Venice Symphony, it’s presenting the final concert in its free four-concert virtual series this week. Music director Troy Quinn leads the musicians on works by Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart and Debussy; learn more by calling (941) 207-8822 or going to thevenicesymphony.org. (Did we mention it’s free?)
Sarasota Concert Association: Musically Speaking
Another season ender, this virtual conversation/concert featuring chamber orchestra Academy of St Martin in the Fields becomes available starting at 7 p.m., highlighting works by Messiaen, MacMillan, Bach and Mozart. It will be available for several days afterward online, and it’s free. Check it out at scasarasota.org/musicallyspeaking.
Sarasota Film Festival: Finding Nemo
Another free event, this one very family-oriented and taking place outdoors at Ken Thompson Park, thanks to SFF and Mote Marine. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.; to find out more, click here.
BLVD Bike Ride
Another free event, open to everyone who enjoys riding a bike (with helmet and mask, of course) around town. Specifically, cyclists check in at 5 p.m. in front of The Bay’s Blue Pagoda on North Tamiami Trail; the ride around downtown begins at 5:15 p.m. Bike rentals available, too. Register here.
Sarasota Challenge 2021 Ballroom Dance Competition
March 27 and 28
Dancers from all over compete in a variety of styles, in pro/am divisions, in this 13th annual event, taking place at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. It all opens to the public at 4 p.m. Saturday with seminars, cocktails and more; Sunday is a day full of dancing, culminating with a performance by headliners Asta Sigvaldadottir and Andrei Kozlovsky. For tickets, head to sarasotachallenge.com.
Big Truck Day Eggstravaganza
More family fun, if you’re into big trucks and construction equipment, and also, BTW, the Easter Bunny, who will be on hand at Nathan Benderson Park distributing goodies. It’s free, but time slots are allotted beforehand between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., so to see if you can still pre-register click here or call (941) 861-PARK (7275).