Editor’s note: In-person events are subject to change. Please check before venturing out.
Feb. 28-March 30
Get ready for bats to crack, bases to be stolen, and fans to cheer as Major League Baseball’s Grapefruit League games return to the area. The Baltimore Orioles play their first home game Sunday at Ed Smith Stadium, with the Pittsburgh Pirates at home at LECOM Park in Bradenton and the Atlanta Braves at North Port’s CoolToday Park starting March 2. Of course, special Covid-19 protocols are in place, but there’s still nothing to beat baseball in the spring. Check out the schedules at mlb.com.
World Golf Championships Workday Championship
While we’re on the subject of sports, have you heard that this big international event is taking place at Lakewood Ranch’s very own Concession golf course? Yep, it was moved from Mexico due to the pandemic, and while there will be no general admission spectators allowed to watch defending champ Patrick Reed and 70-plus other golfers compete, you can catch them—and our area—in the spotlight on NBC, the Golf Channel and PGA TourLive. Learn more at worldgolfchampionships.com.
The Sarasota Ballet Digital Program 5
Feb. 26-March 2
If you’re looking for physical prowess of another sort, with an artistic flair, the ballet company’s next digital offering presents the full ballets of Balanchine’s Donizetti Variations and Ricardo Graziano’s Amorosa, set to Vivaldi’s Cello Concertos. For tickets, go to sarasotaballet.org.
Daredevil Rally Drive-In
Feb. 26-28; March 4-7
And yet more amazing deeds of acrobatic and athletic skill will be performed with the return of “King of the High Wire” Nik Wallenda’s show at Nathan Benderson Park. Wallenda, his wife Erendira, FMX freestyle jumpers, BMX riders, motorcycles in a steel globe, a wheel of steel and human cannonball David “The Bullet” Smith are all in the lineup for the spectacle, which allows visitors to watch in wonder from their cars. Learn more by calling (941) 870-7444 or heading to daredevilrally.com.
Sarasota Concert Association: Musically Speaking
In the mood for something a bit calmer? Check out this free virtual series featuring preeminent classical musicians in unique performances, highlighted by conversations with the artists. Pianists Garrick Ohlsson and Kirill Gerstein kick off the three-part series at 7 p.m. Thursday; more to come March 11 and 25. Register at scasarasota.org.
The Players Centre: Broadway on the Bay
The Players Centre for Performing Arts offers a night of Broadway tunes by the bay at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, with some fave local performers—Jamon Buie, Jamie Molina and Alana Opie—joined by special guest star, TV and Broadway’s Teresa Stanley. All shows at 5:30 p.m.; masks, of course, are required. For tickets call (941) 365-2494 or go to theplayers.org.
Florida Studio Theatre Winter Reading Series
Playwright Michael McKeever’s American Rhapsody is up this week, at 3 p.m. Friday, following one family’s journey from the moon landing of 1969 into the future of 2032. Learn more and register to watch by calling (941) 366-9000 or visiting floridastudiotheatre.org.
Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative: The Arts & Racial Justice Panel Series
This new series examining issues of diversity, inclusion and equity continues at 5 p.m. Monday with a discussion of the performing arts world. Among the speakers: Asolo Rep’s Michael Donald Edwards, FST’s Richard Hopkins, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s Julie Leach, Venice Theatre’s Murray Chase and violinist-composer Daniel Bernard Roumain. Sign up at suncoastblackartscollaborative.org.