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What to Do in Sarasota April 15-21

An outdoor concert at Asolo Rep, celebrating the circus at The Ringling, BBQ and bluegrass and more.

By Kay Kipling April 15, 2021

Ana Isabelle stars in a new concert production at Asolo Rep.

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

Ana Isabelle & Friends in Concert: Stand Back, Sarasota!

April 17-25

Asolo Rep’s Evita star of a few seasons back returns to town for this concert featuring some of her favorite Latin and Broadway songs, along with Evita costar Justin Gregory Lopez and tango dancers Junior Cervila and Guadalupe Garcia. On the company’s outdoor Terrace Stage; for tickets go to

World Circus Day

April 17

Ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages, it’s time to celebrate the art of the circus with this international day. Expect performances on the grounds of The Ringling at 1 and 3 p.m., circus-themed food and beverages available for purchase (there’s cotton candy and popcorn, too) and the premiere of Under the Big Top with Buster Bailey, a collection of circus aficionado Bailey’s many short films, in the Historic Asolo Theater. Best of all: Those 17 and under get in free when with an adult. Check it out at

Heat Latin Jazz Band

April 18

You can groove to the rhythms of salsa and Latin jazz with music from this seven-piece ensemble featuring students from Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida Southwestern State College. Outdoors at Nathan Benderson Park at3 p.m.; an Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota offering. Go to for tickets and info.

Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Hoot ’n’ Annie

April 17

While they can’t present the usual big daylong bash this year due to Covid concerns, the organizers of this event (which benefits the Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children) are doing the next best thing. You can still dine on BBQ and enjoy live music (by the Grascals and the Swinging Bridge Bluegrass Band) outdoors at Fox Lea Farm in Venice, with limited seating available. The evening kicks off at 5 p.m. and runs until 9; for tickets call (941) 809-5232 or go to

Sarasota Orchestra: Mozart & Mendelssohn

April 15-18, live; April 22-27, streaming

Guest conductor Stephen Mulligan leads orchestra musicians on Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major (with guest violinist David Coucheron) and Mendelssohn’s Sinfonia No. 9 in C Major. Very limited ticket sales for Holley Hall concerts; to learn more about your options, go to

Venice Theatre: john & jen

April 17-25

Real-life siblings Casey and Kiley Berkery appear in this contemporary musical by the team of Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family, Big Fish) and Tom Greenwald about the relationship between a brother and sister starting in the 1950s, and a mother and son in later decades. Onstage in the Jervey Theatre; visit for tickets.

Bookstore1Sarasota: Bob Turoff

April 20

Those of you who remember the dear departed Golden Apple Dinner Theatre in downtown Sarasota will want to tune in to hear its longtime owner, producer Turoff, talk via Zoom with actress-director Beth Duda about his new book. Titled Dear Roberta: A Letter to My Wife: A Golden Apple Memoir, it recalls many memories of his years with his late wife and co-owner, actress Roberta MacDonald. Register here

“Talking Theater”: An Evening with George Brant

April 15

There may still be time for you to register for this Hermitage Artist Retreat program, taking place in person at 6 p.m. at the retreat’s Manasota Key beachfront (a collaboration with Venice Theatre). Playwright Brant (Grounded, Into the Breeches!) will discuss the American theater today. Or you can check in online at

ensembleNEWSRQ: Sun Colors

April 19

If you’re a fan of new musical works, prime your ears for this ensemble’s season-closing performance, online at 8 p.m., which features music from composers Tan Dun, Michael Djupstrom and others. Check it out at

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