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Here Are the Best Things to Do in Sarasota This Month

A lineup of exhibits, concerts, plays and more to catch during January.

By Kay Kipling January 5, 2022

"Dance II" by Judith Linhares, on display at the Sarasota Art Museum.


The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Hard Bodies: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture closes here Jan. 23, but open for more extended viewing are Rhodnie Desir: Conversations and as long as there is sun, as long as there is light, Selections from the Bring Gift and the Ringling Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art. 359-5700;

Sarasota Art Museum

Remaining on view here through April 2: Judith Linhares: The Artist as Curator. Danner Washburn’s Effigy: Hemric, fabricating the lives of North Carolina tobacco farmers, continues through May 8. 309-4300;

Ringling College Galleries

On view at campus galleries over the next few weeks are works by Tom and Peggy Root; Ligature XI; A Few of Our Favorite Things; and glass art by Therman Statom. 359-7563;


Tango Fire

Tango from Buenos Aires sizzles on the Van Wezel stage, at 8 p.m. Jan. 24. 263-6799;

Sarasota Contemporary Dance

The company presents its 2022 version of “Dance Makers,” featuring new pieces by choreographers Dazaun Soleyn, Jennifer Nugent and Christal Brown, Jan. 24-30 in the Cook Theatre. 260-8485;

The Sarasota Ballet

“Love and Betrayal,” onstage Jan. 28-31 at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, features works by Ashton (Valses nobles et sentimentales), de Valois (The Rake’s Progress) and Johan Kobborg (Napoli Act III). 359-0099;

Harry Connick Jr. performs Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.


Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Cellist Joshua Roman joins the orchestra in a Sarasota Concert Association “Great Performers” series concert, Jan. 20 at Van Wezel. 966-6161;

Sarasota Orchestra Pops: Revolution: The Music of the Beatles

William Waldrop conducts this homage to the songs of John, George, Paul and Ringo. Jan. 21 and 22 at Van Wezel. 953-3434;

Harry Connick Jr.

Connick woos the audience at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 27, as the star of the annual Van Wezel Foundation Gala at the hall. 263-6799;

Kansas: Point of Know Return

There’s been a lot of dust blowing in the wind for nearly 50 years now; the band performs songs from that long career at 8 p.m. Jan. 28 at Van Wezel. 263-6799;

The Choir of Man

Nine guys meet onstage to combine foot-stomping singalongs, tap dance and lots of harmony in this concert/party, at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 at Van Wezel. 263-6799;

EnsembleNEWsrq: Void

A combination of visual projection, electronic processing and acoustic performance, Void takes place at 8 p.m. Jan. 31 at the First Congregational Church.

Casey Murphy, Brian L. Boyd and Aleah Vassell in Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's Ruby.



Ending its run Jan. 23, this Amy Herzog play centers on a young American couple abroad whose seemingly perfect life faces upheaval. An FSU/Asolo Conservatory production in the Cook Theatre. 351-8000;

Ain’t Misbehavin’

The Fats Waller musical brings back the heyday of Harlem’s Cotton Club, through Feb. 6 on Venice Theatre’s mainstage. 488-1115;

The Smuggler

A one-man, rhyming verse comedy by Ronan Noone about an Irish immigrant struggling to be a writer in his new home in America. Through Feb. 20 at Urbanite Theatre. 321-1397;


Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's world premiere production of this musical opens Jan. 26; it's based on a true-life story set in Florida. 366-1505;

America in One Room

The world premiere of Jason Odell Williams’ play about eight strangers trying to bridge the political divide continues through Feb. 27 in Florida Studio Theatre’s Keating Theatre. 366-9000;

Our Town

Thornton Wilder’s classic, set in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, continues in an Asolo Rep production through March 26. 351-8000;

Friends in Low Places

Celebrate the music of country artists Garth Brooks, George Strait and others in this show at FST’s Goldstein Cabaret, through March 27. 366-9000;

Beautiful—The Carole King Musical

The story of songwriter King’s rise to fame—and her relationship with husband Gerry Goffin—comes to town Jan. 18 and 19 at Van Wezel. 263-6799;

Grand Horizons

This work by Bess Wohl finds a long-married couple, just settling into Florida retirement, at a crossroads when the wife wants out. Running in rotating rep at Asolo Rep, Jan. 19-April 1. 351-8000;

The Play That Goes Wrong

The title says it all, but this comedy about a truly atrocious opening night has more laughs to offer. Onstage at Florida Studio Theatre’s Gompertz Theatre, Jan. 19-March 13. 366-9000;

Forbidden Broadway

Get ready for spoofs of beloved Broadway musicals in this Players Centre production, Jan. 19-30. 365-2494;


The “Little Tramp” gets the musical bio treatment in this production, Jan. 20-Feb. 6 at the Manatee Performing Arts Center. 748-5875;

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

The late great Billie Holiday is recalled in this Lanie Robertson play, set in 1959 in Philadelphia. A Venice Theatre Stage II production, Jan. 21-Feb. 20. 488-1115;

Jersey Boys

They’re back! The tale of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ early careers comes to life Jan. 25 and 26 at Van Wezel. 263-6799;

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