Things to Do

What to Do in Sarasota This Weekend

Pippin opens in Manatee, several "last chance" opportunities, and live jazz at Fogartyville.

By Kay Kipling August 12, 2021


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

Manatee Performing Arts Center: Pippin

Aug. 12-22

This Stephen Schwartz musical about the great emperor Charlemagne’s restless young son kicks off this week at MPAC, in the circus-inspired, updated version that won Tony Awards back in 2013. There’s “Magic to Do” for the cast, and hopefully magic moments for the audience. Get your tickets by calling (941) 748-5875 or go to


Aug. 12 and 14

Plenty of jazz on tap at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center on Kumquat Court, led off by  the Duane Eubanks Jazz Quintet, at 8 p.m. Thursday. That’s followed by a performance by the Aaron Johnson Jazz Quartet, 8 p.m. Saturday. Find out more and buy in at or call (941) 954-8636 for more info.

Summer Circus Spectacular

Through Aug. 14

Last chance this weekend to enjoy the family-friendly circus presented by Circus Arts Conservatory in the Historic Asolo Theater on the Ringling grounds. Comedy, juggling, acrobatics and more fill the show; for tickets call (941) 360-7399 or visit

My Lord, What a Night

Through Aug. 15

It’s also the last chance to see this Florida Studio Theatre production, based on a true story that revolves around a meeting between scientist Albert Einstein and singer Marian Anderson in the 1930s. Onstage in the Keating Theatre; call (941) 366-9000 or visit And read our review of the show here.

Exhibitions at The Ringling

Through Aug. 15

Two more “last chance” opportunities here, to view Sam Gilliam: Selections (works gleaned from local Gilliam collectors) and Saito Kiyoshi: Graphic Awakening. Check out both at

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