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What to Do in Sarasota: March 4-10

Circus stars perform for a benefit, the Sarasota Ballet goes outdoors, film fests, a home tour, concerts and more.

By Kay Kipling March 4, 2021

Alanna Baker will perform in the Circus Arts Conservatory's Prevail benefit.

Alanna Baker will perform in the Circus Arts Conservatory's Prevail benefit.

Circus Arts Conservatory: Prevail

March 5-7; 12-14

Take heart, circus fans: The Big Top winter extravaganza may have been canceled, but the show will go on with this benefit, starring performers who have shone all over the world, including with Cirque du Soleil. Aerial lyra artist Alanna Baker, aerial strap artist Darren Trull, Native American hoop dancers Eric Hernandez and Shandien LaRance, slack wire artist Evgeny Vasilenko, silks artist Giulia Piolanti, Chinese pole artist Oli Poitras and unicycle performers Marie-Lee and Philippe are set to amaze at the Sailor Circus arena—or online if you prefer. Check it out at (941) 355-9805 or

Sarasota Ballet: Terrace Program 1

March 5-7

Also appearing live in person will be the Sarasota Ballet Studio Company and trainees of the Margaret Barbieri Conservatory, on the Asolo Rep Terrace Stage at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. You can expect a revival of Ricardo Graziano’s Feira de Castro along with excerpts from Coppelia, Swan Lake and more. At 6 p.m.; for tickets go to

Through Women’s Eyes International Film Festival

March 5-8

This event, presented through the UN Women Gulf Coast Chapter, returns, albeit virtually, offering 34 films total this coming weekend. Audience discussions, filmmaker Q&As, and an awards presentation will take place, too. Learn more, and get your passes, at

2021 Mort Skirboll Jewish Film Festival

Through March 25

While we’re on the subject of movies, this virtual festival, which began a few days ago, continues for several weeks to come, presenting 21 films in all relating to the Jewish experience. The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is the presenter, and you can purchase tickets here

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota

March 10

Get ready to enter a “World of Jazz” with Bill Buchman’s Art of Jazz Quintet, playing melodies and rhythms from the diverse musical cultures of the jazz world. The performance is set for 4 p.m. outdoors at the Plantation Golf & Country Club in Venice; there’s a dinner at 5 p.m. as well. Find out more by calling (941) 306-1202 or visiting

Eighth Annual Sarasota Spring Fine Art Festival

March 6 and 7

The festival returns to downtown Sarasota’s JD Hamel Park, offering original, handmade works in painting, sculpting, jewelry, glass, fiber and much more, from 10 5 p.m. each day. Produced by Paragon Festivals, the event is adjusting its layout to meet Covid-19 safety procedures. Learn more by calling (941) 487-8061.

One Time Live: Dwight Yoakam and His Band

March 7, 14 and 28

Country music star Yoakam presents the first three episodes of his new livestream series for these dates, with each show offering a concert performance of an entire album. Up first: Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.; that’s followed by Hillbilly Deluxe and Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room. To get tickets for these livestream events, go to

Junior League of Sarasota Simply Sarasota Tour of Homes

March 5-7

Another virtual event, a bit different this time around, with some of the area’s most sought-after homes open for virtual viewing. The tour still offers interactive demonstrations from a professional home organizer, a chef, a florist and a mixologist; there’s also a Toast of the Tour Happy Hour set for March 6 at Mattison’s City Grille downtown. To get more info and buy your tickets, head to

Key Chorale: Coronation: Mozart & Haydn

March 5-28

Soprano Suzanne Karpov makes her Key Chorale debut, joining the Key Chorale Chamber Singers and orchestra for this virtual performance featuring works by two masters. Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass are in the spotlight; Karpov is joined by baritone Jamal Sarikoki, tenor Matt Morgan and mezzo soprano Amy Connours. To receive a viewing link (which can be used any time during the streaming run), go to

The Players Centre: Spoon River Anthology

March 6 and 7

The Players ventures into more outdoor performances at Jiggs Landing Post in Manatee County with this Edgar Lee Masters work, in which the former residents of Spoon River look back over their lives—the good, the bad and the ugly. Shows are at 4 p.m., and masks are required. Call (941) 365-2494 or go to to have your name added to the audience list.

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