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Best of Sarasota Party at Selby Gardens

April 24

Feel the spirit of Aloha when Sarasota Magazine returns to Selby Gardens for its Best of Sarasota party. Prepare yourself for a Mai Tai, samples of the best fare from the area’s best restaurants and some exciting surprises. Always a sell-out; get your tickets now here.

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DeAnna Wright and Dylan Crow in Much Ado About Nothing.

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Shakespeare in the Gardens

Opening April 18

The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training’s joyful outdoor production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Selby Gardens last year was such a triumph that it’s inked a three-year deal to bring Shakespeare to the Gardens through 2020. First up is the Bard’s comedic Much Ado About Nothing, opening April 18.

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The miniature Howard Bros. Circus at The Ringling.

World Circus Day: Free Admission to The Ringling Circus Museum

April 21

Everybody gets free admission to The Ringling Circus Museum and Tibbals Learning Center Saturday in honor of World Circus Day—a great opportunity to see the fascinating miniature Howad Bros. Circus, historic circus memorabilia and lots and lots of interactive fun for children of all ages. Plus, free family art-making activities from 1-4 p.m., a lecture on 250 years of the modern circus and more. Visit ringling.org for details. 

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A Chorus Line

A Chorus Line

April 24-25

That “One Singular Sensation” high-kicks into the Van Wezel for three shows Tuesday and Wednesday; hurry, it’s almost a sell-out.  

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The Silkroad Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma

The Silkroad Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma

April 19

The Grammy Award-winning world music ensemble comes to the Van Wezel with its founder, Yo-Yo Ma, perhaps the greatest living cellist. We love its mission: music that engages difference, sparking radical cultural collaboration and passion-driven learning to build a more hopeful world. 

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Byron Stripling

Sarasota Orchestra Pops: "Swingin' at the Club"

April 20-21

Trumpet virtuoso Byron Stripling is joined by jazz vocalist Carmen Bradford and tap dancer Ted Louis Levy for a lively end to the Sarasota Orchestra pops season. Three performances at the Van Wezel.

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Sheldon Rhoden, Leon S. Pitts, II, Ariel Blue, Henry Washington, Raleigh Mosely II and Michael Mendez in Soul Man.

WBTT presents Soul Man

April 18-May 26

The music of soul men Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, Sam & Dave, James Brown, Otis Redding, The Temptations, Solomon Burke, Ray Charles and more fill the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe stage in its last production of the season.

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Suncoast BBQ and Bluegrass Bash

April 20-21 

Lots and lots of great barbecue at this popular fund-raiser for Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children, and musical groups Volume Five, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out and Lonesome River Band add to the fun. At the Venice Airport Festival Grounds. 

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Dither

New Music New College presents Dither

April 21

The acclaimed New York-based electric guitar quartet will perform an eclectic mix of experimental music at this last concert of the contemporary music series. Come half an hour early for a pre-concert talk, or join the free artist conversation at 5 p.m. Thursday at New College’s Sainer Pavilion. 

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Enrique Chia

Selby Gardens Music concert with Enrique Chia

April 22

The monthly outdoor Garden Music series returns with Grammy nominated Cuban pianist Enrique Chia and his danceable mix of soft pop, Latin dance tunes and boleros. Free with admission to Selby Gardens. 

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Concerts

New Music New College: Dither

$15 for each show, $60 for the whole season Mildred Sainer Pavilion

Featuring Dither, a New York-based electric guitar quartet.

Food & Drink

Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash

Editor’s Pick Free parking, free admission Venice Airport Festival Grounds

A destination for the best barbecue competition and bluegrass entertainment in Southwest Florida.

Concerts

Sarasota Orchestra Pops series presents "Swingin' at the Club"

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

Starring Byron Stripling, with jazz vocalist Carmen Bradford and tap dancer Ted Louis Levy.

Concerts

The Silkroad Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma

Editor’s Pick $101-$111 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

The Van Wezel presents the Grammy-winning world music ensemble.

Theater

"A Chorus Line"

$51-$81 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

The Van Wezel presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical.

Family

World Circus Day at the Ringling Museum

Editor’s Pick Free John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Free admission all day to the Circus Museum and Tibbals Learning Center, plus lots of hands-on activities.

Theater

"Much Ado About Nothing"

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

An FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training production outdoors at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

Special Events

Best of Sarasota 2018

Editor’s Pick $100-150 Selby Gardens

Best of Sarasota 2018

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