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What to Do in Sarasota This Weekend

A paranormal circus in Palmetto, Sarasota Orchestra welcomes pianist Garrick Ohlsson, a bubble festival and more.

By Kay Kipling January 6, 2022

Luigi Soto, one of the performers at the Paranormal Cirque.

Image: Craig Lively

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

Paranormal Cirque

Jan. 6-17

In the mood for something unique? How about this show at the Riviera Dunes Marina in Palmetto? It promises a blend of fear and fun, theater and cabaret, acrobatics and more, in performances that lean towards entertaining those over 17. Shows run Jan. 6-17, and seating will be limited to follow Covid-19 safety guidelines. To learn more and purchase tickets, call (941) 704-8572 or visit

Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks: Ohlsson Plays Rachmaninoff

Jan. 7-9

The orchestra launches into 2022 with a concert featuring master pianist Garrick Ohlsson and led by conductor David Alan Miller at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Ohlsson will perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3; also on the program is Brahms’ Symphony No. 2. Tickets at (941) 953-3434 or

Bubble Festival

Jan. 8

Also a bit out of the ordinary is this show filled with art, science and magic. The courtyard at The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime is the setting for Spheres Bubble Show, headed by “bubble phenom” Blaise Rynes, who appeared on season 13 of America’s Got Talent. Also in the mix: live music by Tyler Vaden, guest vendors and food from Hamlet’s Eatery. At 821 Apricot Ave., Sarasota; for more info, visit

Ringling College Art Galleries

Jan. 10-March 25

New shows for the new year on the art and design college campus. Among them: works by Tom and Peggy Root in the Patricia Thompson +Skylight Galleries; Ligature XI in the Willis Smith Gallery; A Few of Our Favorite Things in the Richard and Barbara Basch Gallery; and art by Therman Statom in the Lois and David Stulberg Gallery. At downtown’s PS 340 space, longtime Ringling instructor Regan Dunnick presents Plum Bob’s Ulysses Pt. 2. For more info, head to

People of the Book: Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel

Jan. 11

Need some laughter? Longtime humor columnist Dave Barry and original Saturday Night Live writer Alan Zweibel seem sure to deliver when they appear at 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, as part of the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee’s People of the Book series. Funny separately, they should be double the entertainment together. Visit for ticket info.

Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica

Jan 8-30

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens once against hosts this exhibition and sale showcase, featuring hundreds of hand-carved and painted balsa wood masks from artists of the Indigenous Boruca tribe of southwestern Costa Rica. During the opening weekend, Jan. 8 and 9, there's also a pop-up shop in Selby's Museum of Botany & the Arts offering jewelry and smaller masks for sale. For more info, visit

Guitar Sarasota: Johan Smith

Jan. 8

Classical guitarist Smith (from Switzerland) kicks off this international concert series for 2022, with a performance at 7:30 p.m. at the Riverview Performing Arts Center. Expect “diverse cross-genre music” to be played. (941) 260-3306 or

Sarasota Concert Association Music Matinees

Jan. 12

Also kicking off the new year musically will be this free concert series, taking place at noon in the David Cohen Hall of the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center. Although free, advance registration and tickets are required, and Covid-19 protocols will be followed. Performing will be Passerine, offering a fresh take on traditional folk and bluegrass music as well as original songs. (941) 966-6161,

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