Top Tickets - April 2012

By ericg April 1, 2012

Josephine Baker received both the Croix de Guerre and the Legion d’honneur for her work supporting the French Resistance during World War II.Sarasota Film Festival The fest is back for its 14th year, with new movies, kids’ events, parties, conversations and more, April 13-22. For inside details, read Charlie Huisking’s “Arts Capital” on page 26; 364-9514 or go to

Sarasota Ballet: My Way Twyla Tharp’s tribute to the sexy sophistication of Ol’ Blue Eyes, Nine Sinatra Songs, highlights the ballet’s performances April 13-14 at the Sarasota Opera House. Also on the bill: Balanchine’s Serenade, set to music by Tchaikovsky, and Dominic Walsh’s Bello. Call 359-0099 ext. 101 or go to

Florida Winefest & Auction Sip new vintages, meet the vintners, and take some bottles home during Winefest, April 12-15. Highlights: a Beach Feast at the Longboat Key Club & Resort, Sip & Shop on St. Armands, a dinner marking the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking, and a brunch and charity auction. 952-1109 or

Blackbird: The Josephine Baker Story This world premiere musical about the late, great, groundbreaking performer Baker closes out Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s season, April 20 through May 13. Dhakeria Cunningham stars as the famous “Bronze Venus” who journeyed from the slums of St. Louis to the stages of Paris. 366-1505 or

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