What to Do in Sarasota Sept. 30-Oct. 6
Editor’s note: In-person events are subject to change. Please check before venturing out.
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: Eubie!
Oct. 6-Nov. 21
WBTT kicks off its 2021-22 season with this revue saluting composer and ragtime pianist extraordinaire Eubie Blake—the “Father of Black Broadway.” Jim Weaver directs a cast largely familiar to WBTT audiences, including Syreeta S. Banks and Brian L. Boyd, as they deliver more than 20 of Blake’s hits, like “I’m Just Wild About Harry” and “Daddy.” Masks required; for tickets and Covid-19 protocols, visit westcoastblacktheatre.org or call (941) 366-1505.
Sarasota Orchestra: Discover Mozart: Rebirth
Another sign that arts groups are truly back in business: this first full orchestra concert of the season, led by maestro Kensho Watanabe. On the program: Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 (played by Dominic Cheli), Valerie Coleman’s Seven O’Clock Shout, and Schumann’s Spring Symphony. At 7:30 p.m. at the Sarasota Opera House; for tickets, head to sarasotaorchestra.org.
The Players Centre for Performing Arts: [title of show]
Meanwhile, the Players commences the new season with this musical about two struggling writers working furiously to compete in a new musical theater festival, against a tight deadline. The 90-minute show will take place at Art Center Sarasota, not the Players’ new quarters at Studio 1130 in The Crossings at Siesta Key, so make sure to plug that into your GPS. Tickets on sale at theplayers.org or by calling (941) 365-2494.
The Hermitage Artist Retreat: Artists and Thinkers
This new virtual series spotlighting intimate conversations with curators and Hermitage alumni features award-winning producer Christopher Burney and Golden Globe Award-winning actor, playwright and activist Regina Taylor, at 5 p.m. Thursday. Free with a $5 per household registration fee; you can accomplish that at hermitageartistretreat.org.
Old Miakka Hootenanny
If you give a hoot about the rural community of Old Miakka and its historic schoolhouse, show up for this event benefiting the preservation of the 1914 building. Paintings by local artists, local honey, crafts, live music featuring Dagmar Beaver, In Cahoots and The Dunn Deal, broomstick pony rides and much, much more are on tap. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with free admission and parking and plenty of country cooking to buy. The address is 15800 Wilson Road, Sarasota, and you can also tour the old schoolhouse. For info, call (941) 322-2164 or go to facebook.com/1914schoolhouse.
Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative: The Black Experience in the Arts in Higher Education
The collaborative’s Arts and Racial Justice Discovery Series this month features college presidents, administration, faculty and students in a town hall-style conversation, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Florida Studio Theatre. Moderator is Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton of the Florida Center for PAinT, University of South Florida. A fund raiser for the collaborative’s programs, so tickets are $100 each, and masks are required. Visit suncoastblackartscollaborative.org for more info, or call the FST box office, (941) 366-9000, for tickets.
SPAACES Foundation and Princeton Street Artists
SPAACES and a number of artists working along its Princeton Street Corridor plan two events this Friday evening, from 6 to 8 p.m.: a pop-up exhibit, The Original Purpose Has Slipped Our Memory, by Vanessa Diaz, and an inaugural art walk touring artist studios, along with live music by Laverty. Check it out at princetonstreetarts.info.