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Your Top 10 Things to Do: Feb. 7-13

Patti LaBelle and Michael Bolton at the Van Wezel, Gauguin: Voyage to Paradise exhibit opens at Selby Gardens and much more.

By Ilene Denton February 7, 2019

Danielle Lee Greaves, Carolyn Ann Hoerdemann and Liz Zweifler in Sweat.

Image: John Revisky


Opening Feb. 8

The Asolo Rep presents Lynn Nottage’s powerful 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning (and Tony Award nominee for Best Play) Sweat, a look at life in working-class America, where layoffs and picket lines threaten livelihoods and friendships. In rotating rep through April 13.

Gauguin: Voyage to Paradise opens at Selby Gardens

Opening Feb. 10

Hand-carved woodcuts by the famed artist are paired with tropical plant displays that evoke his years of living and creating art in Polynesia. Gauguin is the latest artist to be featured in the Gardens’ series of annual art-meets-flora shows, and, like the others, is drawing national attention. Lectures, luncheons and other special events are scheduled. 

A scene from last year's Bradenton Area River Regatta.

Bradenton Area River Regatta 

Feb. 9

Thousands of spectators will line downtown Bradenton’s Riverwalk for this annual celebration, with fast boats, demos by a world fly-board champion, daredevil stunt dogs (yes, really) and fireworks. 

Jonathan Burton as Calaf in Turandot.


Opening Feb. 9

The Sarasota Opera kicks off its 60th anniversary season with Puccini’s epic work about the princess Turandot, whose suitors must answer three riddles correctly—or die. Additional performances Feb. 12, 14, 17, 20, 23 and 28.

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Feb. 7

Maestro Yoel Levi pinch hits for conductor Zubin Mehta, who had to bow out due to health reasons, when the great Israel Philharmonic visits the Van Wezel. On the program: Partos’ Concertino for Strings, Schubert’s Symphony No. 3 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 (“Pathetique”). 

Image: Derek Blanks

Patti LaBelle

Feb. 8

The R&B superstar returns to the Van Wezel with her decades of hit songs. 

Michael Bolton

Michael Bolton: The Symphony Sessions

Feb. 13  

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Grammy Award winner’s many romantic hits (“When a Man Loves a Woman,” “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” and many more) are rearranged for symphony orchestra. At the Van Wezel.

Braves on Miami (Ave.) Block Party

Feb. 9

Meet former Atlanta Braves players, enjoy baseball-themed children’s activities, and dance to the Johnny Holiday Band and Spice Revue when the city of Venice throws a block party to celebrate the Braves new spring training stadium in North Port next month. Free admission. 

Marcin Dylla

GuitarSarasota presents Marcin Dylla

Feb 9

Next up for GuitarSarasota’s International Concert Series is Poland’s Marcin Dylla, hailed by the Washington Post as “among the most gifted guitarists on the planet.” At the Riverview Performing Arts Center.


John Mauceri

Czech National Symphony Orchestra

Feb. 11

John Mauceri conducts one of Europe’s most esteemed orchestras in Smetana’s The Moldau from Ma Vlast, Bernstein’s Selection of Songs and Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9. With Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano. Part of the Sarasota Concert Association Great Performers Series at the Van Wezel.

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FSU Center for the Performing Arts

The Asolo Rep presents Lynn Nottage's 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning play.



Sarasota Opera House

The Sarasota Opera presents the Puccini classic.

Classical Music

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

$87-$177 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

The orchestra makes its much anticipated Sarasota debut at the Van Wezel.


Patti LaBelle

$42-$102 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Patti LaBelle returns to the Van Wezel by popular demand to belt out her soul and R&B classics, pop hits, blues and spirituals.


Michael Bolton: The Symphony Sessions

$48-$108 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

The Grammy Award-winner comes to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall for an evening of timeless hits and a musical journey through pop, rock, soul, standards and even classical, specially arranged for symphony orchestra.

Special Events

Braves on Miami (Ave) Block Party

Free Downtown Venice

Meet Atlanta Braves alum at this free event, in advance of the opening of Cool Today Park.

Classical Music

GuitarSarasota presents Marcin Dylla

$35 - $49 Riverview Performing Arts Center

The acclaimed Polish guitarist is part of GuitarSarasota's International Concert Series.

Classical Music

Czech National Symphony Orchestra

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Part of the Sarasota Concert Association 2019 Great Performers Series season.