Your Top 7 Things to Do: Dec. 7-13
98˚ At Christmas
‘90s teen heartthrobs Nick Lachy, Drew Lachy, Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre, better known as 98˚, visit the Van Wezel for a night of holiday music to celebrate the release of their new album, Let It Snow. There will be squealing from the audience!
Mote’s Sea Debris Sculptures
Opening Dec. 9
Here’s an artful lesson in upping our stewardship of the earth’s oceans: Mote Aquarium will display eight larger-than-life sculptures made entirely of debris washed ashore along Oregon’s coastline starting Dec. 9. “Sea Debris: Awareness Through Art” is a powerful way “to start the conversation regarding an issue that is affecting all of the world’s oceans on a macro- and microscopic scale,” says Evan Barniskis of Mote. Several events are planned until the exhibit closes June 15, including a teen clean-up of City Island Feb. 10; visit mote.org/seadebris for details.
Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights
Join the throngs heading to Bayfront Park, City Island and Centennial Park Saturday evening for the Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. A flotilla of boats all decked out for the holidays will cross Sarasota Bay starting at 6 p.m. It’s been a Sarasota tradition for 32 years.
Sarasota Cuban Ballet School Presents The Nutcracker
The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School has garnered quite a reputation for excellence; find out for yourself when it presents a classical version of The Nutcracker Saturday evening at the Venice Performing Arts Center.
The Sarasota Orchestra Symphonic Carnival
It’s Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, and the Sarasota Orchestra is commemorating it with a performance of Symphonic Dances from his beloved West Side Story. Also on the program are Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture, Suite from The Firebird by Stravinsky and Barber’s Violin Concerto performed by guest soloist Benjamin Beilman. Three performances at the Van Wezel.
Too Hot to Handel
Everybody’s favorite Christmas oratorio, Handel’s Messiah, takes on a lively gospel twist thanks to the Choral Artists of Sarasota and soloists from Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, State College of Florida Concert Choir, Festival Singers of Florida and the Manatee Performing Arts High School. Last year’s inaugural concert was so popular they’re moving it to the 1,700-plus-seat Van Wezel.
Showfolks 50th Anniversary Circus
This just in: famed daredevil clown Bello Nock will headline the Showfolks of Sarasota circus performances at Robarts Arena this weekend. Showfolks, the alliance of circus artists and executives who’ve lived in and around Sarasota, is marking its 50th anniversary with these performances .