Editor’s note: In-person events are subject to change. Please check before venturing out.
OK, so technically this performance by the comedian Vanity Fair calls “the funniest stand-up alive” isn’t until next week...but as the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall’s first in-auditorium performance in ages, it’s so exciting (and with a limited-capacity audience) we’re telling you now so you can get your tickets early. Regan entertains at 7:30 p.m.; you can purchase your seats at vanwezel.org.
Sarasota Opera: Il signor bruschino and Dido & Aeneas
Opening April 9; April 11
The Opera House throws opens its doors once more for two short operas to wrap up its spring season. The first, by Rossini, tells the comic tale of anxious young lovers with meddling parents; the second, by Henry Purcell, relates the tragic story of the Queen of Carthage and her passion for the Trojan warrior Aeneas. For full run dates and tickets, head to sarasotaopera.org, or call (941) 328-1300.
The Hermitage Greenfield Prize Celebration
It’s time to honor this year’s Greenfield Prize winner for artistic excellence, playwright and theater artist Aleshea Harris, along with sampling a new play by 2018 winner Martyna Majok, a virtual first look at Ocean Body by 2019 winner, composer Helga Davis, and a dinner set for April 11 outdoors at the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art. For full details on these events and more, and to register, head to hermitageartistretreat.org.
Urbanite Theatre: 2021 Modern Works Festival
During Urbanite’s virtual reading festival and celebration of women in theater, you get to vote on which of the competition’s three finalists will receive a $3,000 honorarium. The plays receiving readings are Nick & the Prizefighter by Kamilah Bush; This Is a Mortality Play Set in an Office Depot by Haley Nelson; and A Skeptic and a Bruja, by Rosa Fernandez. Talkbacks and panel discussions, too. Check it out at urbanitetheatre.com/modernworks.
Sarasota Spring Craft Show
April 10 and 11
Stroll downtown’s JD Hamel Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days and browse a marketplace of original handmade arts and crafts, from sculpture to jewelry to fiber and more. Admission free; find out more by calling (941) 487-8061 or emailing [email protected]
St. Armands Circle Spring Art Festival
April 10 and 11
While we're on the subject of arts and crafts shows...this popular event on the shopping circle returns this weekend and is expected to feature more than 150 artisans displaying everything from jewelry to apparel to sculpture and more. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days; check it out at artfestival.com.
Another chance to listen to live music outside, while dining on items from Hamlet’s Eatery, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fiddler & the Crossroads Trio, a Cajun-Irish-blues band, provides the music, in the courtyard of The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime, 821 Apricot Ave. More info at hamletseatery.com, or call (941) 445-1938.
Choral Artists of Sarasota: Love in the Air
April 11-May 9
The choral ensemble teams with choreographer-dancer Elizabeth Bergmann to present a newly created work to the music of “Liebeslieder Walzer” by Brahms. Accompanied by a vocal quartet and piano four-hand, the virtual event also includes Brahms’ sequel, “Neue Liebeslieder.” Premieres at 4 p.m. April 11 and will be available for streaming at choralartists.org.
Ready for some outdoor family fun? Mark your calendars for this Junior League of Sarasota event at Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. You can count on wild animal encounters of big carnivores and small herbivores, with a finale circus tent show of big cats in action. Ticket purchase includes food, drinks, entertainment and a silent auction. Tickets at jl.sarasota.org/events/