Arts & Entertainment


Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Steps Out With the Music of Fats Waller in Big Sexy

The new revue salutes not only Waller, but WBTT veteran Leon Pitts, who stars.

04/25/2023 By Kay Kipling

Earth Day Delights

How to Celebrate Earth Day in Sarasota-Manatee

From a scrub jay festival to tree giveaways, these events provide inspiration—or a sapling that will keep the celebration going year-round.

04/19/2023 By Bethany Ritz

Public Art

Check Out the Public Art Concepts for the Fruitville Road Roundabout

The community is invited to tomorrow evening's online meeting to share input.

04/17/2023 By Kim Doleatto

Rum Tum Tugger

Going to See Cats This Week? Consider Adopting a Homeless Kitty to Take Home After the Show.

Cat Depot is partnering with the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall to help adoptable cats find their forever homes.

04/17/2023 By Megan McDonald

From the Archives

Conversation With Syd

The acclaimed author and renowned painter sat down together for this interview, which ran in the February 1987 issue of Clubhouse magazine.

04/12/2023 By Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Under the Big Top

Celebrate World Circus Day on Saturday

From free admission to The Ringling's Circus Museum to a circus-themed trolley tour, there are plenty of ways to celebrate Sarasota's circus history.

04/11/2023 By Staff


FST's Visit Joe Whitefeather (and bring the family!) Delivers Good Humor

The world premiere play by Bruce Graham draws inspiration from a true story about a town that renamed itself to attract tourists.

04/10/2023 By Kay Kipling

Tiny big tops

Check Out Some Teeny-Tiny Circuses at This Year's National Circus Model Builders' Convention

Experience the circus in miniature format at this year's convention April 13 - 15 at Showfolks of Sarasota.

04/10/2023 By Kim Doleatto

Q & A

Model, Influencer and Former Sarasota Resident Eden Lipman Doesn't Hold Back in Her New Memoir, Ambitchious

Lipman moved to Sarasota at a young age and spent her formative years on a farm here.

04/07/2023 By Jessika Ward


FST's World Premiere of Paralyzed Offers Vulnerability and Hope

In its story of two strangers making a mess of their lives, the play ponders the choices we make, and often regret.

04/06/2023 By Kay Kipling

Motown Muse

Broadway Front Man Chester Gregory Will Perform Live Music at McCurdy's

The acclaimed actor and singer is performing a Motown tribute at the comedy hub for its new "Monday Night Music" series.

04/05/2023 By Kim Doleatto

Season Announcement

Ringling College Library Association Announces a New Season of Speakers for its Town Hall Lecture Series

This year's lineup includes Liz Cheney, Marie Yovanovitch, Stanly Tucci, Nir Eyal and Misty Copeland.

04/04/2023 By Staff

Behind the Scenes

Actress-Producer-Author Roma Downey Visits the Sarasota Film Festival

At a luncheon in her honor, Downey spoke about her childhood, her faith, and playing an angel, Jackie Kennedy and an Amazon queen.

04/02/2023 By Kay Kipling


'Hamilton' Is Coming to Sarasota as Part of the Van Wezel's 2023-24 Season

The long-awaited megahit is one of several Sarasota premieres of Broadway musicals coming to the hall.

04/02/2023 By Kay Kipling

Struggles, Success, Heartbreak

Judy Blume Forever Explores the Beloved Author's Trailblazing Career

Plus, documentaries about Mary Tyler Moore and Donna Summer show how each of these famous women struggled to adapt to expectations, from both themselves and their public.

04/01/2023 By Kay Kipling

United in Song

Celebrate Latin Culture With More Than 80 Musicians at UnidosNow's 'Noche Unidos'

On April 28, a unique blend of Latin and classical music will brighten the Van Wezel stage.

03/29/2023 By Staff

How Well Do We Know Them?

Sarasota Film Festival Movies Tell the True-Life Stories of Some Well-Known Women in the Arts

"Karen Carpenter: Starving for Perfection" is just one of several documentaries this week about real-life stars of the arts world and their offstage lives.

03/28/2023 By Kay Kipling


Urbanite Theatre Tells a Soldier's Story with Backwards Forwards Back

The one-actor show is part of a rolling world premiere for playwright Jacqueline Goldfinger.

03/28/2023 By Kay Kipling


Asolo Rep Announces 2023-24 Season

The Monday afternoon announcement also welcomed new producing artistic director Peter Rothstein.

03/28/2023 By Kay Kipling