Year in Review

Sarasota Magazine's Top 10 Arts and Entertainment Stories of 2021

Despite the ongoing pandemic, our arts and culture scene soldiered on this year.

By Kay Kipling December 28, 2021

Yes, 2021 provided challenges for the arts and entertainment industries here. There were some postponements, some cancelled performances, and we all got used to wearing masks and showing our vaccination cards to get inside venues. But the band...and the theaters, and the museums, and the dancers...played on.

How Sarasota Locals Feel About MTV's 'Siesta Key'

The love-it-or-hate-it MTV show wrapped its fourth season this year.

This Collection from the Sitcom "The Andy Griffith Show" Might Be The Largest Anywhere

Jon Thaxton’s holiday display of memorabilia from The Andy Griffith Show is jaw-dropping.

Here Are the Winners of the 2021 Siesta Key Crystal Classic

Yes, these sculptures are made of sand (!).

Van Wezel Season Lineup Announced for 2021-22

Covid-willing, a packed schedule of shows, performers and entertainment is on tap.

The Haunting True Story of Grey Gardens Comes to the Manatee Players Stage

Given its subject matter, Grey Gardens seemed natural for the Manatee Players’ “Action Through Acting” series, which partners with nonprofits to raise awareness about community issues.

Two Former Ritz-Carlton Pastry Chefs Are Competing on the Food Network

Lyndsy Velasquez and Amy McBride teamed up to make a ‘scary sci-fi’ chocolate sculpture for Chocolate Meltdown: Hershey’s After Dark.

Sarasota's Best Bike Trails

We’ve found five rides off the beaten path, from urban to rural, inland to coastal, that offer variety in scenery and skill level.

Sarasota Orchestra Names Bramwell Tovey Its New Music Director

Bramwell Tovey began his role as music director designate Sept. 1.

New Night Market Comes to Sarasota

RADD Night Market will take place at the Overton on the first Thursday of every month.

Four Black Sarasota Artists You Need to Know

These men are constantly creating new work—and challenging existing ideas about inclusion in the art world.

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