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Your Top 7 Things to Do: Jan. 4-10

Peter Cetera, Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli at the Van Wezel; a Syd Solomon exhibit opens at Allyn Gallup Gallery, and more.

By Ilene Denton January 4, 2018

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Peter Cetera

Peter Cetera

Jan. 5

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer visits the Van Wezel with his seven-piece band, The Bad Daddys. Cetera was the longtime voice of the legendary rock group, Chicago, who went on to forge a bestselling solo career (“The Glory of Love,” “The Next Time I Fall,” “Restless Heart”).

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John Pizzarelli

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Ramsey Lewis & John Pizzarelli “Straighten Up and Fly Right: The Nat King Cole Tribute”

Jan. 10

Two jazz masters, Ramsey Lewis on the piano and John Pizzarelli on the guitar, pay tribute to the legendary cool sophisticate Nat King Cole in this concert of songs that made him famous. 

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Natalie Helm

Sarasota Orchestra presents Musical Landscapes

Jan. 6

The orchestra’s new Discovery series returns to the Opera House with another fast-paced, 75-minute concert filled with classical favorites and something by a living composer, in this case The River Cam, a new work for cello and string orchestra by Eric Whitaker. Shown here, principal cellist Natalie Helm.

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Lawrence James, Sarah Linares and John Wilson Bennett 

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FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training Presents The Motherf***Er With The Hat

Jan. 3 – 21

Ex-con Jackie finds a strange hat in his girlfriend’s apartment, and sets off a chain of events that tests the loyalties of his best friends and family. The dark comedy by Stephen Adly Giurgis was nominated for more than 15 Tony Awards, Drama Desk Awards, Outer Critics Circle Awards, and Drama League Awards. 

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Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica

Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica at Selby Gardens

Jan. 7-28

The Barucan Indians of Costa Rica are back at Selby Gardens with their remarkable hand-carved wooden masks, on display in the Gardens’ Museum of Botany & the Arts and for sale through Jan. 28.

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Kelly McIntyre

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A Night with Janis Joplin

Jan. 8

This Broadway show doesn’t just revel in the music of one of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest legends; it also reveals the women—Aretha Franklin, Bessie Smith, Etta James, Odetta and Nina Simone—who inspired her style. At the Van Wezel.

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Manasota Key by Syd Solomon

Syd Solomon at Allyn Gallup Gallery

Jan. 5-28

Twenty-four never-before-exhibited paintings by the late Syd Solomon, the famed abstract expressionist who was greatly influenced by Sarasota’s nature and light, go on exhibit at Allyn Gallup Gallery this month. You can read about his remarkable 99-year-old wife, Annie, and a bit about their life together in Sarasota here.

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Peter Cetera

$56-$91 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

The Van Wezel presents the acclaimed solo artist with his 7-piece electric band, The Bad Daddys.


Ramsey Lewis & John Pizzarelli: The Nat King Cole Tribute

Editor’s Pick $27-$67 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

The Van Wezel presents a special evening with Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli with their tribute to Nat King Cole.

Classical Music

Sarasota Orchestra Presents Musical Landscapes

Sarasota Opera House

Sarasota Orchestra introduces its new 2017-2018 series, Discoveries.


A Night with Janis Joplin

Editor’s Pick $26-$66 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

The Van Wezel presents a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences—icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith