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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 March.

By Kay Kipling March 1, 2022

Snow White Apron Cluster, by Victoria Binschtok, on view in the Metadata exhibition at The Ringling.

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


The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

On view through Aug. 12 here is 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. Continuing through April 3 is Rhodnie Desir: Conversations; and through Aug. 28, Metadata: Rethinking Photography from the 21st Century. Also: Eleanor Merritt: Remembrance, through Aug. 21, and Ballroom Florida: Deco & Desire in Japan's Jazz Age, opening March 20 to run through Sept. 25. (941) 359-5700;

Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College

Continuing on view here through April 3 is Judith Linhares: The Artist as Curator, while Danner Washburn’s Effigy: Hemric continues through May 8. Also on view: a “candy spill” piece by Felix Gonzales-Torres, and coming April 2-Aug. 7, assemblages by Puerto Rican artist Daniel Lind-Ramos. Plus, State of the Art 2020: Constructs is set to open April 24. (914) 309-4300;

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Remaining on view here, throughout the grounds and in the museum, is Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith: Flowers, Poetry and Light, nature-inspired works by the two. Through June 26. (941) 366-5731;

Art in the Park

Fifty-six artists showcase their work in the 22nd annual show held at University Park Country Club on March 4 and 5, and the public is invited.

Art Center Sarasota

On view March 17 through April 30 are works by Osa Atoe, Philomena Marano (Signs & Wonders), Susan Sidebottom and a juried members’ show. (941) 365-2032;


The Sarasota Ballet

A Comedy of Errors. The dance company unveils the world premiere of a piece by Sir David Bintley, with music by Matthew Hindson, that tells the story of Shakespeare’s mixed-up characters and identities in an original way. Onstage March 25 and 26 at the Van Wezel. (941) 359-0099;


Circus Sarasota

The circus continues to thrill and entertain through March 6, under the Big Top at Nathan Benderson Park. (941) 355-9805;

Cirque des Voix

This year’s “Circus of the Voices,” a collaboration between Key Chorale, the Circus Arts Conservatory, and the 40-piece Cirque Orchestra, is titled “The Next Decade of Wonder,” and promises a unique blend of high-flying circus arts and musical splendor. Under the Big Top at Nathan Benderson Park, March 18, 19 and 20. (941) 355-9805;

Sarasota County Fair

There's magic, rides, animals, music and food--lots of food--on tap at the annual event, March 18-27 at the fairgrounds off Fruitville Road. Check it out at

The Price Is Right Live

“Come on down” for the live stage version of the classic TV game show, where contestants can win cash, appliances, vacations and bragging rights. At 8 p.m. March 29 at the Van Wezel. (941) 263-6799;

Itzhak Perlman performs March 8 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.


The Sweet Caroline Tour

Musician Jay White pays tribute to singer-songwriter Neil Diamond in this show, onstage at 8 p.m. March 1 at Van Wezel. (941) 263-6799;

Celtic Woman: Postcards from Ireland

Celebrate the musical and culture heritage of the Emerald Isle with Grammy-nominated ensemble Celtic Woman, at 7 p.m. March 3 at Van Wezel. (941) 263-6799;

 Sarasota Orchestra Pops: The Envelope Please

Enjoy songs and music that have won Grammys, Tonys and Oscars, March 4 and 5 at Van Wezel. (941) 953-3434;

Guitar Sarasota: David Russell

Grammy-winning classical guitarist Russell performs at 7:30 p.m. March 5 at Riverview Performing Arts Center. (941) 260-3306;

Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles

The many hits of the Fab Four return in this live show, at 7 p.m. March 6 at Van Wezel. (941) 263-6799;

 Itzhak Perlman in Recital

The virtuoso violinist returns to the Van Wezel, with pianist Rohan De Silva, at 8 p.m. March 8. (941) 263-6799;

Neil Berg’s 112 Years of Broadway

Memories from some of your favorite stage productions, brought to you by actual Broadway performers. At 7:30 p.m. March 9 at Van Wezel. (941) 263-6799;

The Ten Tenors: Love Is in the Air

Feeling romantic? The tenors have you covered, from pop to classic and beyond, at 8 p.m. March 10 at Van Wezel. (941) 263-6799;

Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks

Works by Barber and Dvorak (New World Symphony) are planned for these concerts March 11-13 at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, with guest violinist Simone Porter and conductor Thomas Wilkins. (941) 953-3434;

Sarasota Jazz Festival

After a hiatus due to Covid-19, here’s hoping this year’s fest can take place as planned. Concerts featuring jazz artists like Venice’s own Dick Hyman, Arturo Sandoval, John Pizzarelli, Houston Person and Ken Peplowski are set for March 13-19, mostly at Nathan Benderson Park. (941) 260-9951;

Sarasota Concert Association

The Takacs Quartet and pianist Joyce Yang perform at 7:30 p.m. March 15 at Riverview Performing Arts Center. (941) 966-6161;

Sheléa Natural Woman: A Night of Soul

Expect to hear lots of pop, jazz, R&B and soul music with this vocalist and actress, at 8 p.m. March 16 at the Van Wezel. (941) 263-6799;

Sarasota Orchestra: Great Escapes

Take a “Journey on the Orient Express” with conductor Steven Jarvi and the musicians, March 16-20 at Holley Hall. You’ll hear selections from My Fair Lady, Blue Danube waltzes and more. (941) 953-3434;

An Evening with Chris Botti

Grammy-winning trumpeter Botti returns to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, at 8 p.m. March 17. (941) 263-6799;


Verdi’s work about the warrior Hun brought to his knees by his love for a female fighter is given performances March 12, 15, 17, 20 and 22 at the Sarasota Opera House. (941) 328-1300;

The Daughter of the Regiment

This Donizetti opera has performances March 1, 3, 6 and March 18 at the Sarasota Opera House. (941) 328-1300;

Venice Symphony

“Game of Romes” is the theme for concerts March 18 and 19 at the Venice Performing Arts Center. On the program: the score of the film Ben-Hur, Rossini’s Overture from William Tell, and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4. (941) 207-8822;


Performances by the Sarasota Opera for this Puccini classic take place March 11 and 19. (941) 328-1300;

The Pearl Fishers

Bizet’s opera set in Ceylon has performances March 8, 10, 13, 16 and 19 at the Sarasota Opera House. (941) 328-1300;

 Choral Artists of Sarasota

The ensemble honors Women’s History Month with “She is the Music,” featuring works by female choreographers, with guest soloist Thea Lobo. March 20 at the First Presbyterian Church. (941) 387-6046;

ABBA The Concert

All the ABBA hits—“Waterloo,” “Dancing Queen,” “Money, Money, Money,” etc.—are on tap from this tribute group, performing at 7 p.m. March 27 at the Van Wezel. (941) 263-6799;

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Vortex Temporum features guest artist Han Chen, at 8 p.m. March 28 at the First Congregational Church.


People of the Book

The Jewish Federation’s book series continues with Annelise Heinz (Mahjong: A Chinese Game and the Making of Modern American Culture), at 7 p.m. March 24 at Temple Sinai.

Ringling College Library Association Town Hall

Former football coach Tony Dungy closes out the lecture series, March 28 at the Van Wezel. (941) 309-5100;

The Play That Goes Wrong continues onstage at FST's Gompertz Theatre.

Image: John Jones


The Play That Goes Wrong

Everything that can wrong on opening night does in this Olivier Award-winning comedy, playing at Florida Studio Theatre’s Gompertz through March 27. (941) 366-9000;

Our Town

Thornton Wilder’s perennially timely play, set in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, over a century ago, reminds us of the importance of appreciating life, right now. Onstage through March 26 at Asolo Rep. (941) 351-8000;

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

The family-friendly musical about Belle and her Beast continues through March 27 at Venice Theatre. (941) 488-1115;

The Will Rogers Follies

Go back in time to enjoy this look at the life of entertainer Rogers, through March 27 at the Manatee Performing Arts Center. (941) 748-5875;

Grand Horizons

This comedy by Bess Wohl takes a look at a long-married couple on the verge of divorce. Onstage through April 1 at Asolo Rep. (941) 351-8000;

The Great Leap

A play by Lauren Yee, set in both 1971 and 1989, that follows basketball player Manford Lum on his journey from San Francisco to Beijing. Through April 2 at Asolo Rep. (941) 351-8000;

The Last Five Years

A couple meets, falls in love, marries and breaks up in song in this two-person show, running March 4 through April 3 in Venice Theatre’s Stage II series in the Pinkerton. (941) 488-1115;

Broadway in Black

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s salute to the contributions of African Americans to the “Great White Way” over the decades runs March 10 through April 24. (941) 366-1505;

Laughing Matters

FST’s musical sketch comedy show, in its latest iteration, continues through June 19 in the Court Cabaret. (941) 366-9000;

Menopause the Musical

Another round of fun and songs with four women facing the change of life, at 7:30 p.m. March 2 at Van Wezel. (941) 263-6799;

 The Interview

Geraldine Librandi stars as Holocaust survivor Bracha Weissman in this Sarasota Jewish Theater production, March 2-6 at the Players’ theater space at The Crossings at Siesta Key.

Some Enchanted Evening

Speaking of the Players, the community theater closes its season at The Crossings with this Rodgers and Hammerstein revue, March 16-27. (941) 365-2494; the


This musical version of the legend of the Russian royal and her love story makes its Sarasota premiere, March 18-20, at the Van Wezel. (941) 263-6799;

Steve Solomon’s My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m in Therapy

Comedian Solomon has made a living from entertaining audiences with his family woes; he takes the Van Wezel stage once again at 8 p.m. March 21. (941) 263-6799;

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