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Your Top 7 Things to Do: April 12-18

The Sarasota Film Festival opens, Wynonna Judd comes to the Van Wezel and more.

By Ilene Denton April 12, 2018

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Sarasota Film Festival

April 13-22

The Sarasota Film Festival celebrates 20 years of bringing new movies, big stars and directors, and some pretty cool parties to town. Among the actors slated to receive awards are Steve Guttenberg and Virginia Madsen; filmmaker Rory Kennedy will be back, too, with her new documentary about the NASA space program. Get in on the action by planning your film festival here . And here’s a look we took back at 20 years of movie-fest memories.

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Sharks Tooth Festival

April 13-15

Find out for yourself why Venice is the sharks tooth capital of the world when the 26th annual Sharks Tooth Festival rolls into town with fossils, food and family fun. At the Venice Airport festival grounds.

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Wynonna and The Big Noise

Wynonna and The Big Noise

April 14

Wynonna Judd rumbles into town with her husband/drummer Cactus Moser and her band, The Big Noise, for one big show at the Van Wezel.

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Chris Botti

Chris Botti

April 15 

And on a quieter note, the next night the Van Wezel presents jazz trumpeter Chris Botti, he of the rich, evocative melodies and vast repertoire of jazz standards. 

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Jason Vieaux

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La Musica continues with Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux

April 15

The international chamber music festival continues at the Opera House featuring the Quintet for Guitar and String Quartet by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, with Grammy Award-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux. Gramophone calls Vieaux “among the elite of today's classical guitarists.”  

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Scavenger Hunt Through History at Historic Spanish Point

April 14

Does your family love games? Then try your hand at Historic Spanish Point’s first-ever Scavenger Hunt Through History. Clue sheets will lead you through the three epochs represented in this 30-acre outdoor living museum: prehistoric, pioneer and 1900s. Winners earn sharks teeth and other fun prizes. 6-8 p.m. Saturday; $10 per person; children 10 and under free.

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The cast of The Boy Who Liked Pulling Hair.

The Boy Who Liked Pulling Hair & Other Winning Plays

April 14

FST Children’s Theatre continues its Saturday morning series with short plays for, and by, elementary school kids who participated in this year’s FST Write a Play program. Pre-show activities, and your family can meet the cast of professional actors afterwards, too. Additional performances April 21 and 28, and May 5. 

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Wynonna and the Big Noise

Editor’s Pick $36-$71 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Wynonna and her band The Big Noise, led by her husband/drummer/producer, Cactus Moser, return to the Van Wezel.


Chris Botti

$46-$71 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

The acclaimed jazz trumpeter returns to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.


La Musica International Chamber Music Festival Concert III

Single tickets: $40 each; a series subscription is $150 and includes a festival rehearsal pass. Sarasota Opera House

Third of four-concert series presented at the Sarasota Opera House.