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What to Do in Sarasota This Weekend

Harry Connick Jr. entertains at the Van Wezel, The Sarasota Ballet performs, Emanuel Ax plays Chopin, and more.

By Kay Kipling January 27, 2022

Harry Connick Jr. sings tonight at the Van Wezel.

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

Harry Connick Jr.

Jan. 27

If you feel a last-minute urge to see and hear the song stylings of Mr. Connick, a few tickets may still remain for his appearance at 8:30 p.m. tonight at the Van Wezel. Check it out at or call (941) 263-6799.

The Choir of Man

Jan. 30

And another Van Wezel offering coming up is the Sarasota premiere of this show, which features nine blokes from across the pond singing their hearts out on radio hits, classic rock, pub tunes, folk music, Broadway and more. At 7 p.m. Sunday; or (941) 263-6799.

The Sarasota Ballet: Love & Betrayal

Jan. 28-31

Works by Ashton (Valses nobles et sentimentales) and Dame Ninette de Valois (The Rake’s Progress) highlight the company’s performances this month, at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. For tickets, call (941) 359-0099 or go to

An American in Paris

Feb. 2 and 3

The Broadway version of the classic movie that starred Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, the music of George and Ira Gershwin, and oh, yes, beautiful Paree takes the stage for two performances at the Van Wezel. Choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, with a book by Craig Lucas. For tickets, call (941) 263-6799 or go to

Sarasota Concert Association: Emanuel Ax

Feb. 1

Acclaimed pianist Ax returns to Sarasota, and it’s a feast for Chopin lovers, with an all-Chopin program including Sonata No. 3, Scherzo No. 4, a selection of nocturnes and mazurkas, and more. At 7:30 p.m. at the Van Wezel; for tickets, call (941) 966-6161 or visit

Sarasota Jewish Theatre: Rose

Feb. 2-6

Longtime Sarasota actress Carolyn Michel takes the lead in this one-person show about a woman who has survived the horrors of Nazism to live out her days in Miami Beach...but there’s more to the story. Onstage in the Players Centre’s theater at the Crossings at Siesta Key. For tickets, visit

Visions in Black

Jan. 27-March 5

That’s the title for a juried art exhibit opening at Art Center Sarasota this week, showcasing work by artists of African descent in Florida. It’s a partnership with the Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative, and a chance to spot some fresh new talent. Learn more at

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