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Your Top 6 Things to Do: April 28-May 4

The Van Wezel presents Chris Isaak and comic Billy Gardell, Sarasota Ballet’s season-closing performances, tango fusion quintet and more.

By Ilene Denton April 28, 2016

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 April 28

Van Wezel presents Chris Isaak 

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Chris Isaak, of Wicked Game fame, comes to the Van Wezel for one show only. vanwezel.org 

April 29

Billy Gardell at the Van Wezel 

Mike and Molly’s Billy Gardell was an accomplished stand-up comic before he started co-starring in the popular TV sitcom. See what all the fuss is about when he makes his Van Wezel debut Friday night.

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April 30-May 1


Traditional Argentine tango performed in classical chamber music style—that’s what’s promised when the chamber tango quintet, QuinTango, performs at the Historic Asolo Theater as part of Artist Series Concerts. Two shows Saturday and Sunday nights.

April 29-30

Sarasota Ballet “Wheeldon & Ashton”

An eclectic program to close the Sarasota Ballet’s 25th season: Christopher Wheeldon’s The American and two works by the late British choreographer who gave the ballet company its national reputation, A Wedding Bouquet and Jazz Calendar. At the Sarasota Opera House.

April 30

New Music New College presents Third Coast Percussion

For contemporary music lovers, Chicago’s fascinating Third Coast Percussion performs a section of Augusta Reed Thomas’ Resounding Earth, a work composed for some 300 bells of all different dimensions from around the world.

Through May 1

Nora at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training

At any given moment, somewhere in the world, there is probably a production of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House playing to audiences who are still caught up in the story of housewife Nora Helmer and her world. Right now, Ingmar Bergman’s adaptation of the classic, Nora, is playing at the Cook Theatre in a production by the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. Our own Kay Kipling says “it still delivers with emotional and intellectual power.” Catch it quick; performances end Sunday.

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