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Your Top 7 Things to Do: Jan. 17-23

Pilobolus returns to the Van Wezel, Emanuel Ax plays Beethoven and more.

By Ilene Denton January 17, 2019


Pilobolus Presents Shadowland: The New Adventure

Jan. 22

The wonderfully creative movement troupe brings its don’t-miss blend of animation, video and live shadow theater to the Van Wezel with its newest production, Shadowland: The New Adventure.

Emanuel Ax

Emanuel Ax Plays Beethoven

Jan. 17-20

One of the world’s great classical pianists joins the Sarasota Orchestra for its latest Masterworks concerts with performances of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Also on the program, Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 and Verdi’s La Forza del Destino Overture. Anu Tali conducts.

Sieglinda Fox, Syreeta Banks, Ariel Blue, Yvonne Lyles and Patric Robinson in The Amen Corner.

The Amen Corner

Jan. 23-March 3

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe brings to its stage one of just two plays written by the great African-American novelist, James Baldwin. Two free educational programs will enhance the experience: a community forum on “Who Is James Baldwin” Jan. 28 and screenings of the 2016 documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, Feb. 13 and 14. Details at westcoastblacktheatre.org

Bill Bowers

Bill Bowers: All Over The Map

Jan. 18-19

Ringling Museum's Art of Performance continues with Bill Bowers, who uses movement, mime and comedy to share memories of 30 years of travel across the U.S. and the globe. 

Linda Eder

Linda Eder

Jan. 17

One of the original stars of Broadway’s Jekyll & Hyde returns to the Van Wezel with her diverse songbook of Broadway, standards, pop, country and jazz. 

One World One Heart, by Anna Zigel.

Embracing Our Differences Opens at Bayfront Park

Jan. 19-March 15

The annual free outdoor exhibit of large-scale posters celebrating diversity returns to Bayfront Park. This year’s exhibit got nearly 12,000 entries from around the world. Show here, the Best in Show Adult winner, One World One Heart, by Anna Zigel of Boyarka, Ukraine. 

Sailor Circus

Image: Rick Purdue

Windjammer Music Concert and Sailor Circus Academy Performance

Jan. 20

The 125 musician-members of Windjammers Unlimited from across the U.S.—hobbyists who study and perform the music of the circus—will converge on Sarasota for their annual convention. And a bonus for us, they’re giving a free show at the Circus Sarasota Big Top, accompanied by Sailor Circus performers. Open seating; the tent opens at 12:30 p.m., an hour before the show.

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Pilobolus presents Shadowland: The New Adventure

$17-$67 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

The contemporary dance troupe returns to the Van Wezel with an all-new Shadow adventure.

Classical Music

Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks 4: Ax Plays Beethoven

From $34 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Sarasota Orchestra is joined by guest soloist, pianist Emanuel Ax.


"The Amen Corner"

Westcoast Black Theatre

Presented by Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe.


Bill Bowers / All Over the Map

Historic Asolo Theater

A Ringling Museum Art of Performance presentation.


Linda Eder

$22-$72 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Linda Eder, one of the original stars of Broadway’s Jekyll & Hyde, returns to the Van Wezel.


Free Circus Music Concert and Circus Arts Show

Free Circus Sarasota Big Top at Nathan Benderson Park

The Sailor Circus Academy and Windjammers Unlimited will present a FREE musical concert and circus arts show at the Circus Sarasota Tent located at the Big Top in University Town Center.