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Sarasota Magazine’s Best of 2017 Party

April 24

It promises to be a buzzy ’60s happening at Selby Gardens when Sarasota Magazine celebrates the winners of our 2017 Readers’ Poll with the best food, drink and entertainment. This year’s theme is "A Warhol Happening," so come in your Pop Art-sophisticated best and expect plenty of Warholian surprises. Tickets available here.  

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Kinky Boots

April 25-30

With a book by Harvey Fierstein and music by Cyndi Lauper, it’s no surprise that this show about a shoe factory, a drag queen, and what a pair of high-heeled boots can do for you was a hit on Broadway. Now it kicks up some fun with eight performances at the Van Wezel. 

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Jazz in the Ballpark

April 22

As American as baseball and apple pie, jazz will fill Ed Smith Stadium when the Jazz Club of Sarasota and Baltimore Orioles present their annual Jazz in the Ballpark outdoor show. “Big Band Through the Decades” features Michele James-Pruyn and The Swing Sisters and the Sarasota Jazz Project big band. Tickets on sale at the Baltimore Orioles box office.

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Sarasota Orchestra Pops: The Music of Sinatra

April 21-22

Crooner Michael Andrew sings classic numbers from the Frank Sinatra songbook, backed by the Sarasota Orchestra in this season-ending pops concert. Three shows Friday and Saturday at the Van Wezel. Everybody, now: “Strangers in the night…”

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Earth Day at Oscar Scherer State Park and Crowley Museum & Nature Center

April 22

Celebrate Earth Day at Oscar Scherer State Park with live music and all kinds of kid-friendly activities. And Crowley Museum & Nature Center gets into the act, too, Saturday with guided nature hikes, campfire treats and more.

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Selby Gardens Chagall Family Saturday 

April 22

Perlman Music Program Suncoast brings its instrument petting zoo to Selby Gardens Saturday morning as part of the Gardens’ Chagall Family Saturday so kids of all ages can plink and plunk to their hearts’ content. Art and nature activities inspired by Selby’s current Marc Chagall exhibit, too. Chagall Family Saturday is included with your admission to Selby Gardens (which for Gardens members is always free).

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Greenfield Prize Weekend

 April 20-23

A world premiere work by 2015 Greenfield Prize-winning composer/drummer Bobby Previte, as part of New Music New College; Creative Conversations with art world luminaries; and a gala dinner celebrating the nationally renowned photographer and 2017 Greenfield Prize winner David Burnett—all part of the Greenfield Prize Weekend presented by the Hermitage Artist Retreat and its partner, the Greenfield Foundation.  

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Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe presents Dearly Departed

April 19-May 27

The dysfunctional Turpin family gathers in their rural Southern home for their patriarch’s funeral, and all comedy breaks loose. Something new from the talented Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. 

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Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science

April 20

The Food Network star brings science, music and lots and lots of food to the stage of the Van Wezel with an all-new show that he promises features “songs, new comedy, new puppets, and bigger and better potentially dangerous food demonstrations.”  

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Perlman Music Program Alum perform in The Ringling Gallery 21 

April 20

The all-female string quartet of violinists Hannah Tarley and Mariella Haubs, violist Bethany Hargreaves and cellist Arlen Hlusko—all Perlman Music Program/Suncoast alum—will perform Beethoven, Debussy and Schubert in the Ringling Museum’s Gallery 21 this Thursday evening as part of The Ringling’s Art after Five. Extra ticket required. 

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Suncoast Boat Show at Marina Jack

April 21-23

The largest boat show in Suncoast Boat Show history takes over Marina Jack. Nearly 200 dealers will display a huge range of watercraft and marine products, many of them never before seen on the Gulf Coast. And for kids, free Hook the Future fishing clinics Saturday and Sunday.

PoetryLife Weekend

April 21-22

Nationally renowned poets Edward Hirsh and Aimee Nezhukumatathil join fellow poets, students, teachers and lovers of the written word at Florida Studio Theatre for this sixth annual festival. One highlight is the community favorite poet reading session at 2 p.m. Friday in FST’s Bowne’s Lab. 

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Readings & Lectures

PoetryLife Weekend

Editor’s Pick Florida Studio Theatre

Nationally recognized poets, students, teachers and community members gather at Florida Studio Theatre to celebrate the art of the written word.

Special Events

35th Annual Suncoast Boat Show

Editor’s Pick $14 for adults; kids 15 and under free Marina Jack

The largest boat show in Suncoast Boat Show history, held at Marina Jack.

Classical Music

Perlman Music Program Alum perform at The Ringling

Editor’s Pick $15 John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

A PMP/Suncoast string quartet performs in the Ringling Museum's Gallery 21.

Special Events

Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science

Editor’s Pick $36-$166 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Television personality, author and Food Network star Alton Brown returns to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall with an all-new show.

Theater

"Dearly Departed"

Editor’s Pick $39.50 for adults; $22 for students. Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe brings us this heartwarming comedy.

Family

Chagall Family Saturday at Selby Gardens

Editor’s Pick Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Art and nature activities for kids, plus an instrument petting zoo.

Family

28th Annual Earth Day Celebration

Oscar Scherer State Park

Celebrate Earth Day at Oscar Scherer with music and fun

Concerts

The Music of Sinatra

Editor’s Pick From $35 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

The Sarasota Orchestra presents a pops concert with jazz vocalist Michael Andrews.

Concerts

Jazz in the Ballpark

Editor’s Pick $20, $30, $50 (VIP) Ed Smith Stadium

Enjoy “Big Band Jazz Through the Decades," presented by the Jazz Club of Sarasota and the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium.

Theater

Kinky Boots

Editor’s Pick 8:00 PM $41-$106 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

The 2013 Tony Award-winning Best Musical comes to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall for eight performances.

Special Events

Sarasota Magazine's Best of 2017 Party

Editor’s Pick Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

It's A Warhol Happening when we celebrate the winners of our 2017 Readers' Poll at beautiful Selby Gardens.