What to Do in Sarasota This Weekend
Editor’s note: In-person events are subject to change. Please check before venturing out.
The three-day outdoor visual and performing arts festival takes off this week, with free offerings including live mural painting exhibitions and music, along with some ticketed events like a bike ride and a dinner. Taking place in the Rosemary Art & Design District, it’s all about creativity, and it’s delivered by DreamLarge, the Ringling College of Art and Design, and PINC—People, Ideas, Nature, Creativity. For complete details, visit pincexperience.com.
Asolo Rep: Grand Horizons
Jan. 21-April 1
Asolo Rep continues its 2022 rotating rep season with this Bess Wohl comedy about a couple, married 50 years, whose relationship hits the skids just as they move into their new Florida retirement home. Hmmm...wonder if Wohl ever visited Sarasota for inspiration. Anyway, it’s onstage and recommended for ages 16 and up due to “mature themes.” For tickets, call (941) 351-8000 or visit asolorep.org.
Jan. 25 and 26
The ever-popular Broadway musical telling the true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and their rise to fame returns to the Van Wezel stage for three performances. Fans of falsetto, prime your ears. Tickets by calling (941) 263-6799 or at vanwezel.org.
Also at the Van Wezel, a visit from this Argentinean dance company celebrating the sultry dance of love and seduction to music by Piazzolla, Pugliese and Gardel. At 8 p.m.; tickets, (941) 263-6799 or vanwezel.org.
Revolution: The Music of the Beatles
Jan. 21 and 22
The Sarasota Orchestra Pops series turns us on with the beloved songs of those four lads from Liverpool, including such hits as “Get Back,” “Yesterday,” “Penny Lane” and “Twist and Shout.” At 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Van Wezel. William Waldrop conducts, and guest vocalists and musicians bring the band to life. Tickets: (941) 953-3434 or sarasotaorchestra.org.
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: Ruby
Jan. 26-Feb. 27
Delayed more than once by Covid issues, this world premiere musical by WBTT artistic director Nate Jacobs and his brother Michael is finally set to open (cross your fingers!) Wednesday. It tells the true story of a Black woman who killed a white doctor in Live Oak, Florida, and the aftermath of her trial and its media coverage. For tickets, call (941) 366-1505 or go to westcoastblacktheatre.org.
Sarasota Contemporary Dance: Dance Makers
The company’s next performances present new, imaginative dance pieces created by Dazaun Soleyn, Jennifer Nugent and Christal Brown, and will also revive Kinda Cagey, a grand piano and dancer duet. At the Cook Theatre. For more information, go to sarasotacontemporarydance.org or call (941) 260-8485.
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
Jan. 21-Feb. 20
The late great Billie Holiday is recalled in this show set toward the very end of her career, in 1959, in a seedy bar in South Philly. DaNiesha Carr stars as Billie, accompanied by William Coleman as her musical director, in Venice Theatre’s Stage II series. Tickets: (941) 488-1115 or venicetheatre.org.
Chaplin, the Musical
Jan. 20-Feb. 6
“The Little Tramp” of silent film days, whose career ended up spanning decades, is remembered in this show at the Manatee Performing Arts Center. It’s about more than his movies, though, also touching on his often troubled personal life. For tickets, call (941) 748-5875 or go to manateeperformingartscenter.com.
Hermitage Sunsets @ Selby Gardens
Pulitzer Prize winner and composer Michael R. Jackson (A Strange Loop) returns to the area with a talk about his work, at 5:30 p.m. at Selby Gardens’ downtown campus. Free, but a $5 registration fee required, at hermitageartistretreat.org.