Things to Do

What to Do in Sarasota: Jan. 28-Feb. 3

Fun new exhibits at Mote and the Bishop, ballet and contemporary dance performances, choral concerts and more.

By Kay Kipling January 28, 2021

A new temporary exhibit at Mote promises family fun with ocean adventures.

Editor’s note: In-person events are subject to change. Please check before venturing out.

 Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium: Wild Kratts: Ocean Adventure!

Jan. 30-June 6

Bring the kids to Mote for this interactive learning experience that allows them to crawl through an anemone, hunt for lunch like a lobster, create their own dolphin name and more. Created by the Minneapolis Children’s Museum in collaboration with the Kratt Brothers Company, it’s included in the general admission price. Find out more at

The Bishop Museum of Science & Nature: Badlands to Bradenton: Lessons from the Field

Jan. 28-June 6

Did you know that Manatee County teachers have been exploring the badlands of Nebraska on paleontological excavations during their summers off? They have, and visitors to the Bishop can see some of their uncovered fossil finds in this new exhibit, including views of extinct mammals, early camels and oreodonts—herbivores of a range of sizes. Check it out at

Sarasota Ballet: Company B and Brandenburgs

Jan. 29-Feb. 2

The company continues with its digital programming season, streaming full ballets of these Paul Taylor works, the first choreographed to selections from Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, the second mixing upbeat Andrews Sisters songs with the harsher realities of World War II. Go to to gain access.

Sarasota Orchestra: Serioso

Jan. 28-31

Beethoven’s String Quartet in F Minor, Arcangelo Corelli’s Concerto Grosso, No. 12, and groundbreaking African-American composer George Walker’s Lyric for Strings are all on the program for four concerts at the orchestra’s Holley Hall. To see if tickets remain, visit

Sarasota Contemporary Dance: Dance Makers

Jan. 29-31

Postponed from a week ago and now taking place in a live broadcast, rather than in person, this SCD offering still presents works by choreographers Matt Reeves and Colette Krogol of Orange Grove Dance, an expansion of “I live under your skin” by Douglas Gillespie, and a new collaborative duet featuring musician-composer Mark Dancigers and artistic director Leymis Bolaños Wilmott. Sign up at

Key Chorale: Bach Together: Bach & Vivaldi

Jan. 29

The chorale’s Chamber Singers, orchestra and soloists join in a virtual concert, performing two festive Baroque works: Bach’s Magnificat and Vivaldi’s Gloria. Head to for more details.

Choral Artists of Sarasota: Marching to Freedom

Feb. 3

Another choral ensemble concert, this one outdoors at 5 p.m. at Historic Spanish Point and dedicated to music touching on the long struggle for civil rights for African-Americans. Through gospel music and art songs composed by Black Americans, audiences will take a journey through history from slavery to today. Tickets online at; the concert will be available online Feb. 14-March 14 at

Florida Studio Theatre: Winter Online Play Reading Series

Starting Jan. 29; also Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26

FST presents professional actors performing five new plays in progress, and a chance to engage with the playwrights after each reading. Among the scribes featured: Kenneth Jones, Deborah Brevoort, Rachel Lynett, Jason Odell Williams and Michael McKeever. Sign up at, or call (941) 366-9000.

Jazz Brunch

Jan. 31

Enjoy the jazz and blues music of acoustic band Hot Tonic while dining on brunch items from Hamlet’s Eatery, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the outdoor courtyard of The Bazaar at Apricot & Lime. For more info, visit or call (941) 445-1938.

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota: Rising Stars of Sarasota

Jan. 31

Pianist Joseph Holt leads four young local talents—French horn player Alex Garcia, euphonium player Sara Hutchinson, trombonist Ben Rosasco and soprano Katie Terres—in an outdoor performance at 5:30 p.m. at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. You can expect to hear works by Scarlatti, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Hermann Neuling and others. Tickets must be purchased in advance at or by calling (941) 306-1202.

Hermitage Artist Retreat: In Conversation with Emily Kaczmarek

Jan. 29

Playwright Kaczmarek, whose Sam & Lizzie will receive a staged reading here in February, gives a virtual talk on her work and career, at 5 p.m. To register for this Zoom presentation, visit

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