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What to Do in Sarasota May 13-19

Pink Floyd music live, a free movie, a really big estate sale for good causes, and more.

By Kay Kipling May 13, 2021

Get ready to hear Pink Floyd's classic The Dark Side of the Moon at Van Wezel.

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

Classic Albums LIVE: Pink Floyd—The Dark Side of the Moon

May 14

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall once more helps bring to life a classic record, note for note, live, in a limited-capacity performance on the main stage. This time, of course, it’s Floyd’s 1973 concept album, which will take you on a journey back in time and space. Social distancing will be in place; get your tickets at

Karin’s Causes Estate Sale

May 13, 14 and 15

If you’re an avid buyer of jewelry, artwork, china, rare books and other collectibles, you’re probably already familiar with this estate sale, founded in 2014 by Karin Gustafson. It raises funds for area nonprofits: the Animal Rescue Coalition, the New College Foundation’s scholarship fund and Women’s Resource Center, which is where the event begins with a special preview tonight, Thursday ($15), and continues, free, Friday and Saturday. For more info, call Karin at (941) 720-4021 or email her at [email protected].

Manatee Performing Arts Center: Matilda

May 15

MPAC and Bradenton Kiwanis present a free movie night featuring this 1996 film adapted from the Roald Dahl book about a remarkable but neglected young girl. Pre-movie activities include free books and free popcorn; the screening itself starts around 8 p.m. Attendance is a on a first-come, first-served basis, with spaced viewing sections for up to six people; bring blankets, coolers and snacks. For more info, visit

SPAACES: Door in the Ceiling

May 16-June 5

Check out the artwork of Ringling College’s fine arts senior class in a group exhibition at the SPAACES Foundation art gallery, 2087 Princeton St., by appointment (email [email protected]). Or you can attend the opening night reception, from 5 to 8 p.m. May 15. Find out more at

Pops Orchestra: High Five Pop Up Concert

May 15

Nathan Benderson Park welcomes the Pops’ Chamber Groups—Woodwind Quintet, String Quartet and Brass Quintet—for an hour or so of light classical, Broadway, film and other popular music, at 5:30 p.m. outdoors. Tickets here.

Rise Above Performing Arts: The Little Mermaid

May 13-16; 20-23

Rise Above stars area young people in full onstage productions at its home on South Tamiami Trail near CineBistro Siesta Key; next up is Disney’s take on the Hans Christian Anderson tale of a young mermaid—Ariel—in love with an earthling prince. For tickets, call (941) 702-4747 or go to

The Hermitage Artist Retreat: Artists and Writers, Thinking Out Loud

May 14

Author Crystal Wilkinson (Perfect Black), visual and multidisciplinary artist Lucy Kim, and novelist Hari Kunzru (Blue Ruin) talk about their work in this latest offering from the artist retreat, on its Manasota Key beachfront at 6 p.m. A Q&A follows. Register at

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