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Your Top 9 Things to Do: March 7-13

Last chance to catch Circus Sarasota, An Evening with Judy Collins and more.

By Ilene Denton March 7, 2019

Victoria Hulland and Ricardo Graziano in Sir Frederick Ashton’s Apparitions.

Image: Frank Atura

Sarasota Ballet: Poetry and Liberty

March 8-9

The ballet troupe, internationally renowned for its mounting of works by the late Sir Frederick Ashton, now brings his 1936 piece, Apparitions, to the Van Wezel stage for the first time. Also on the program is George Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes, performed to live music by the Sarasota Orchestra.

Hans Klose Dogs, part of Circus Sarasota.

Circus Sarasota

Closing March 10

Last chance to catch the all-new 2019 edition of Circus Sarasota before it closes Sunday. Our own Kay Kipling says it “delivers the thrills, the laughs and the occasional gasps that audiences expect.” Read her review here

Elizabeth Tredent

Sarasota Opera’s Rita and Susanna’s Secret

March 9 and 12

Two light-hearted one-act operas are on the bill when the Sarasota Opera presents Donizetti’s Rita (Two Men and a Woman) and Wolf-Ferrari’s Susanna’s Secret. Shown here, soprano Elizabeth Tredent, who sings both title roles. Four additional performances March 14, 17, 20 and 23.

An Evening with Judy Collins

March 8

If you missed the iconic folksinger’s sold-out show here last fall with Stephen Stills, don’t fret. She returns to the area to perform a solo show at the Manatee Performing Arts Center.

David Russell

GuitarSarasota Presents David Russell

March 9

The Grammy-winning Scottish guitarist takes center stage as part of GuitarSarasota’s International Concert Series. At the Riverview Performing Arts Center.

 Summer Wallace and Terrell Wheeler

In A Word

Opening March 8

Urbanite Theatre presents Lauren Yee’s new play about a mother searching for her missing young son. The New York Times called it “a sad and breathless and often pretty funny play about the ways in which loss mangles our world and garbles our speech.” Through April 14. 


Garden Music at Selby Gardens presents ensembleNewSRQ

March 10

Next up for this delightful outdoor concert series is the contemporary classical music group ensembleNewSRQ, performing adventuresome 20th and 21st century works under the banyan trees. And be sure to check out the Gauguin: Voyage to Paradise exhibit underway. 

Paul Duffy

“When Irish Eyes Are Smiling”

March 10

Get a head start on St. Patty’s Day with musician and vocalist Paul Duffy and master fiddler Mario Santana celebrate the music of Ireland in a concert of traditional and contemporary favorites. At the Unitarian Universalist Church.


The Ringling Museum courtyard

The Ringling presents More Than a Movie: Shrek

March 8

The friendly green ogre and friends take over the Ringling Museum courtyard via a large inflatable screen. Kid-friendly activities, music and food for purchase, too. The fun starts at 6 p.m. and children under 5 are admitted free.

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Sarasota Ballet: Poetry and Liberty

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

The company presents Sir Frederick Ashton's Apparitions and George Balanchine's Stars and Stripes.

Special Events

Circus Sarasota 2019

Big Top at Nathan Benderson Park

International circus artists perform in an intimate one-ring European style Big Top.


"Rita" / "Secret of Susanna"

Sarasota Opera House

The Sarasota Opera presents these rare one-act comedies by Donizetti and Wolf-Ferrari.


An Evening with Judy Collins

$80-$125 Manatee Performing Arts Center

The Grammy-winning singer comes to the Manatee Performing Arts Center.

Classical Music

GuitarSarasota presents David Russell

$35 - $49 Riverview Performing Arts Center

The Grammy Award-winning Scottish guitarist is part of GuitarSarasota’s International Concert Series.


Urbanite Theatre presents "In a Word"

Urbanite Theatre

Grief and comedy collide in this imaginative and tender look at the past.


Garden Music Concert at Selby Gardens with ensembleNEWSRQ

Free with paid admission to the Gardens Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Sarasota’s newest and most adventurous contemporary music collective is headed to Marie Selby Botanical Gardens to present a program of inspiring and thought provoking works from the 20th and 21st centuries.


The Ringling Museum presents More Than a Movie: Shrek

$15 for adults; children 6-17 $10; children under 5 Free John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art

An outdoor screening of the family movie, plus music, activities, and decor inspired by the film.