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Your Top 5 Things to Do: Jan. 2-8

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony, Itzhak Perlman at the Opera House, The Book of Mormon at the Van Wezel and more.

By Ilene Denton January 2, 2020

Borucan masks of Costa Rica

Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica

Jan. 5-26

Borucan Indian wood carvers from Costa Rica return to Selby Gardens for the 17th year to demonstrate how they create the fascinating colorful masks on exhibit—and for sale—in the Gardens’ Museum of Botany and the Arts. The exhibit runs through Jan. 26.

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony

Jan. 3-4

The Sarasota Orchestra plays famous scores from such Looney Tunes classics as "What's Opera, Doc?" and "The Rabbit of Seville" as the cartoons air on a giant screen—all in celebration of the 80th anniversary of that wascally wabbit. Three performances at the Van Wezel, with kids tickets just $9.  

The Book of Mormon

Jan. 7-12  

The musical comedy megahit returns to the Van Wezel for eight outrageous performances.

Caroline, or Change

Opening Jan. 8

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe opens its mainstage season in its newly renovated and expanded theater with Tony Kushner (Angels in America) and Jeanine Tesori’s (Fun Home) “chamber opera” about an African-American maid, her Jewish employers in turbulent 1963 Louisiana.

Perlman Music Program Suncoast Celebration Concert

Jan. 4

Itzhak Perlman conducts the PMP String Orchestra and Patrick Romano leads the PMP Chorus as the PMP Suncoast winter residency culminates in a festive afternoon of classical music-making.

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Visual Art

Rain Forest Masks of Costa Rica

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Enter a world of native Costa Rican art at the 16th annual Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica exhibit and sale at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

Classical Music

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II

From $35 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

The Sarasota Orchestra's Pops season opener.


"The Book of Mormon"

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

The multi-Tony Award-winning Broadway musical comes to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.


"Caroline, or Change"

$20-$45 Westcoast Black Theatre

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe presents Tony Kushner's compelling drama.

Classical Music

Perlman Music Program Suncoast Celebration Concert

$40-$80; $10 teacher/student rush Sarasota Opera House

Concert celebrating the 17-day Perlman Music Program Suncoast residency.