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Bradenton Blues Festival

 

Grab your lawn chairs, your sunscreen, and get your party vibes on with this year’s blues fest, running all day (11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. or so) Dec. 5 at Bradenton’s Riverwalk. Playing and singing the blues: Girls with Guitars, Super Chikan and the Fighting Cocks, Larry Garner, Mike Zito and the Wheel, Joanna Connor, Rick Estrin and the Nightcats and headliner Janiva Magness (pictured). bradentonbluesfestival.org

 

WBTT Motown Christmas

 

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe always scores big with audiences when it delivers Motown hits, and this world premiere crafted by artistic director Nate Jacobs is likely to follow that pattern, with holiday faves from the likes of The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5 and others delivered with zest by the WBTT cast. Onstage

Dec. 2-31. 366-1505, westcoastblacktheatre.org

 

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Lights in Bloom

 

Get your holiday twinkle going with the more than half a million lights bedazzling Selby Gardens this season, Dec. 18-30 (closed Dec. 24 and 25). For the 12th annual extravaganza, a new Tunnel of Lights takes you from the tropics to the North Pole. Music, food and drink and a Radiant Rainforest are part of the package, too. 366-5731, selby.org

 

Atomic Holiday Bazaar

 

You can definitely find some unusual and creative indie-craft gift items at this annual bazaar, slated for Dec. 12 and 13. This year (its 10th), the bazaar has spread out from the inside of the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, adding street vendors on Plaza de Santo Domingo as well. Fun and funky. atomicholidaybazaar.com

 

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Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota

 

Sounds of the season arrive courtesy of the quintet Axiom Brass, along with the Gloria Musicae Singers, in concerts Dec. 19 and 20 at the Historic Asolo Theater. Expect to hear Christmas classics and some pop favorites as well. 360-7399, artistseriesconcerts.org

 

Sarasota Ballet’s John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker

 

Leave it to our ballet company and choreographer Matthew Hart to put a distinctive Sarasota twist on Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic. This version, set in New York City in the glamorous 1920s and featuring John and Mable Ringling as characters, was a big success when introduced a couple of seasons ago; it’s back for performances Dec. 18 and 19 at Van Wezel. 359-0099, sarasotaballet.org

 

She Loves Me

 

This tender and funny Jerry Bock-Sheldon Harnick musical is a version of the beloved Shop Around the Corner movie that starred Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan as Budapest gift shop employees who don’t know they’re each other’s love-letter-writing partner. Here the lovers are played by Michelle Anaya and Matthew Ryder. Onstage at the Players for the first time in the theater’s history, Dec. 2-20. 365-2494, theplayers.org

 

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Daryl Hall & John Oates

 

The dynamic duo, responsible for hits including Rich Girl, Kiss on My List and Private Eyes, is back in a performance at 8 p.m. Dec. 2 at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Fans from the past and from today will rock on. 953-3368, vanwezel.org

 

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