Mr. Chatterbox

Sarasota's Hottest New Arts Groups

A cartoon view of some unlikely new organizations.

10/30/2017 By Robert Plunket


RIAF 2017 Continues with African Music, Iranian Theater and More

Nobuntu, EnsemblenewSRQ and a mysterious one-person show intrigue audiences.

10/20/2017 By Kay Kipling

Music to Our Ears

Violin Shop Sarasota Opens on First Street

Violin Shop Sarasota makes, sells and repairs string instruments in its new downtown Sarasota store.

10/18/2017 By Ella Melzer


Annual Celebration of the Arts Coming Oct. 23

The evening at the Van Wezel highlights the artistic talent of Sarasota County.

10/17/2017 By Kay Kipling

Ready for RIAF

Preview: Ringling International Arts Festival

Hot tickets at this month’s festival at The Ringling.

09/27/2017 By Kay Kipling

Way Down Low

How a Sarasota Educator Got the FBI to Investigate the Lyrics of a Rock Song

"‘Louie Louie’ leaped up the chart on the basis of a myth about its lyrics so contagious that it swept cross country quicker than bad weather.”

08/25/2017 By Craig Pittman


The Pops Orchestra Heads Into "A Season of Celebrities"

The community orchestra offers pop, classical and jazz concerts featuring well-known names.

08/24/2017 By Kay Kipling

It's Alive!

A Monster Season for New Music New College

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein turns 200, and NMNC plans a big musical celebration.

07/31/2017 By Kay Kipling

Heat Index

Goodbye, Gregg Allman

Sarasota Blues Festival producer Barbara Strauss remembers Gregg Allman.

07/26/2017 By Barbara Strauss

Love Means Trouble

Sarasota Opera Season: Women on the Verge

Sarasota Opera has announced its casts for the 2017-18 "femme fatale" season.

07/21/2017 By Kay Kipling


Key Chorale's 2017-18 Season Offers Musical Variety

From holiday songs to French Impressionist pieces to the work of Danny Elfman, something for everyone.

06/20/2017 By Kay Kipling


Venice Symphony: Finding Maestro!

The orchestra's 2017-18 season will welcome seven finalists for the music director position.

06/13/2017 By Kay Kipling

The Countdown Begins

Bradenton Blues Festival 2017

The December event promises a host of blues musicians and more.

06/06/2017 By Kay Kipling

Mic Check

Local Musician Lesa Silvermore Releases Her First Album

With the release of "Doppelgänger," local musician Lesa Silvermore is going places (literally).

06/01/2017 By Rick Morgan


Saying Good-bye to Gregg Allman

The late, great rocker had ties to our area, and left behind lots of musical memories.

05/31/2017 By Kay Kipling


Fine Arts Society of Sarasota Hits Million Dollar Milestone

The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota puts up big numbers for student scholarships.

05/30/2017 By Kay Kipling

A&E Insider

Meet Jeffrey Kahane, the New Sarasota Music Festival Director

The festival celebrates its 53rd anniversary this year.

05/25/2017 By Kay Kipling


Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Announces 2017-18 Season

A mix of classical, pops, jazz and cabaret highlights the season, dubbed "In Focus."

05/16/2017 By Kay Kipling

Music to the Ears

Sarasota Concert Association Announces 2018 Great Performers Season

The series commences in January and welcomes international musicians to Sarasota.

05/11/2017 By Kay Kipling


Sarasota Orchestra 2017-18 Season Features Violinist Midori

The renowned violinist is one of several guest soloists and conductors this coming season.

05/03/2017 By Kay Kipling