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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 April.

By Kay Kipling April 1, 2022

Enomoto Chikatoshi, Florida, ca. 1935. Gift from the collection of Robert and Mary Levenson. On view 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. You can also catch Eleanor Merritt: Remembrance, through Aug. 21; and Ballroom Florida: Deco & Desire in Japan’s Jazz Age, 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, Las Tres Marias, assemblages by Puerto Rican artist Daniel Lind-Ramos. Plus, State of the Art 2020: Constructs is set to open April 24. (941) 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 Center Sarasota

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

Ringling College Galleries

The annual Best of Ringling exhibition takes place April 8-15 on campus, with the Senior Thesis Exhibition to follow May 5-10. (941) 359-7563;


Terry Fator: Who’s the Dummy Now?

Ventriloquist, comedian, impressionist and singer Fator takes a break from Las Vegas to put on a show in Sarasota, at 7 p.m. April 10 at the Van Wezel. (941) 263-6799;


Sarasota Contemporary Dance

The dance troupe closes the season with the new work Cuban Project, in the Cook Theatre, April 28-May 1. (941) 260-8485;

The Sarasota Ballet

This company also closes its season with “Serendipitous Movement,” featuring Balanchine’s Serenade, Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations, and the company premiere of Mark Morris’ The Letter V. At the Sarasota Opera House, April 29 and 30. (941) 359-0099;


Sarasota Film Festival.

The fest is scheduled to take place April 1-10, with a mix of in-person and virtual programming, and such stars as Jacqueline Bisset, Jena Malone and Kenny G coming to town. For the complete film and event lineup, head to for the latest.


Mansion of Dreams: Rick Thomas

The illusionist brings together magic, comedy, dancers and more in this production, at 7 p.m. April 11 at the Van Wezel. (941) 263-6799;

Diana Krall performs April 23 at the Van Wezel.


Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks

Bramwell Tovey conducts, violinist Angelo Xiang Yu guests, as the orchestra presents Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe, Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin, and more, April 1-3 at the Van Wezel. (941) 953-3434;

Guitar Sarasota

Laura Snowden is up next in this classical guitar series, April 2 at the Riverview Performing Arts Center. (941) 260-3306;

La Musica International Chamber Music Festival

Another event that had to be canceled last year due to Covid, this annual festival plans to return April 3-13, with four concerts at the Sarasota Opera House. The first of the concerts, with pianist Wu Han, honors the late longtime associate artistic director, Derek Han, who died from Covid complications. Also on the schedule: works by Mozart, Franck, Dvorak and more.

Warsaw Philharmonic

A Sarasota Concert Association presentation, at 7:30 p.m. April 4 at the Van Wezel. Music director Andrey Borekyo leads the orchestra, with guest pianist Bruce Liu performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 is also on the bill. (941) 966-6161;

Kenny G

The smooth jazz master returns to the Van Wezel in concert, at 8 p.m. April 5. (941) 263-6799;

Sarasota Orchestra Pops 3

“Unforgettable: The American Songbook” brings together the orchestra with vocalists Nick Ziobro and Julia Goodwin, conducted by Sean O’Loughlin. “Love for Sale,” “Come Fly with Me” and more familiar favorites will be delivered, April 8 and 9 at the Van Wezel. (941) 953-3434;

Key Chorale: American Roots: Bluegrass

The Lubben Brothers join the choral ensemble, April 8-10, for a blend of bluegrass, folk and choral music. At the First Presbyterian Church. (941) 552-8768;

Johnny Mathis

The longtime singer of hits like “Chances Are” and “Misty” returns to the Van Wezel on his “The Voice of Romance” tour, at 8 p.m. April 12. (941) 263-6799;


The new music ensemble closes out its season with Waves, by Sebastian Currier, Entropic Arrows, by Anna Thorvaldsdottir; and firn, by Yaz Lancaster at 8 p.m. April 18 at a location TBA.

Sarasota Orchestra Great Escapes

TV and movie Western soundtracks are the focus for “Saddles of the Silver Screen,” April 20-23 at Holley Hall. (941) 953-3434;

Il Divo

A “greatest hits” tour by the international vocal ensemble, in tribute to late member Carlos Marin. At 8 p.m. April 22 at the Van Wezel. (941) 263-6799;

Venice Symphony

“Fantasy, Firebird and Fabiola” welcomes violinist Fabiola Kim in concerts featuring Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. April 22 and 23 at the Venice Performing Arts Center. (941) 207-8822;

Diana Krall

The songstress returns to the Van Wezel stage, at 8 p.m. April 23. (941) 263-6799;

Choral Artists of Sarasota

Tune in for the world premiere performance of James Grant’s Listen to the Earth, April 24 at the Sarasota Opera House. (941) 387-6046;

Motown with a Twist

Expect to see pros from Dancing with the Stars, finalists from So You Think You Can Dance and American Idol and more in a night centered on the hits of the Motor City. At 8 p.m. April 26 at the Van Wezel. (941) 263-6799;


People of the Book

The Jewish Federation’s book series continues with Wayne Federman (The History of Stand-up), at 7 p.m. April 6 at the Jewish Congregation of Venice.

WBTT's Broadway in Black continues through April 24.


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 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 continues 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;

A Skeptic and a Bruja

Running April 1-May 1 at Urbanite Theatre, a world premiere by Rosa Fernandez centered on a potential bed-and-breakfast spot that may be haunted. (941) 321-1397;

The Legend of Georgia McBride

A young, hard-up Elvis impersonator with a pregnant wife desperately turns to the world of drag queens in this Matthew Lopez play, onstage April 6-May 22 in FST’s Gompertz Theatre. (941) 366-9000;

An Officer and a Gentleman

Another Sarasota premiere, this one a musical version of the film starring Richard Gere and Debra Winger. Not only “Up Where We Belong” but tunes like “Higher Love” and “Love is a Battlefield” fill the score. Onstage April 6 and 7 at the Van Wezel. (941) 263-6799;

Tuesdays with Morrie

Sarasota Jewish Theater presents this popular Mitch Albom play, starring Don Walker, April 6-10 in the Players Centre theater in the Crossings of Siesta Key Mall.

Twelfth Night

Shakespeare’s comedy/romance of disguises and misdirected love gives the FSU/Asolo Conservatory’s second-year students a workout, April 6-24 in the Cook Theatre. (941) 351-8000;

South Pacific

Emile, Nellie, Bloody Mary and all the other characters of this Rodgers & Hammerstein classic take the stage again, along with favorites like “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame” and “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair.” April 14 and 15 at the Van Wezel. (941) 263-6799;

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee’s Scout, Atticus and other well-known characters come to life April 15 through May 1 at Venice Theatre. (941) 488-1115;


Meanwhile, this David Harrower drama about the tense reunion of two people with a past relationship runs April 15-May 1 in VT’s Stage II series. (941) 488-1115;

Fiddler on the Roof

Tevye and his daughters are once more the center of this ever-popular musical set in a small village in Russia, April 19-21 at the Van Wezel. (941) 263-6799;


Long delayed due to the pandemic, this world premiere based on James Agee’s A Death in the Family finally arrives onstage at Asolo Rep, April 23-May 11, in a musical version created by Frank Galati, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. (941) 351-8000;

Titanic The Musical

The great ship goes down in this Tony-winning show, onstage April 28-May 15, at the Manatee Performing Arts Center. (941) 748-5875;

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