Arts & Entertainment

Come On Barbie, Let's Go Party

History Day in the Park Will Highlight Sarasota's Fascinating Connection to Barbie

The Edson Keith Mansion's last owner was Mae Hansen Prodie, a successful traveling toy salesperson who developed her own line of dolls.

03/22/2023 By Staff


Asolo Rep's Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Flashes Back to the 1970s

The comedy brings back memories of the clothing, the music and the challenges for women in the era.

03/20/2023 By Kay Kipling

Game Stop

Arcade Monsters Is a Fun Spring Break Activity for Kids on St. Armands Circle

It's the perfect spot for moody teens who don't want to spend all day shopping on the circle.

03/17/2023 By Isaac Eger

Smells Like Teen Spirit

A Huge List of Fun Things to Do and See With Teenagers

Teens can be a tough crowd, so here's a handy list to make entertaining them in Sarasota and Manatee counties a cinch.

03/13/2023 By Kim Doleatto


The Sarasota Film Festival Is Celebrating Its 25th Anniversary This Year

The 10-day event will feature celebrity glitterati and a slate of films from March 25-April 2. Tickets will be available March 14.

03/10/2023 By Staff


Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Announces Its 2023-24 Season

The troupe's 24th season will kick off with "Once On This Island" on Oct. 11, 2023.

03/09/2023 By Staff

Film Scene

What Not to Miss at This Year's Through Women's Eyes Film Festival

The festival's Friday evening red carpet event offers the first North American screening of a standout film.

03/08/2023 By Staff


Photos: Sarasota Orchestra Gala

World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma was the special guest performer at the sold-out event.

03/07/2023 Photography by Lori Sax


Photos: Asolo Rep's 'Broadway Begins Here!' Gala

This year's gala honored retiring Asolo Rep leaders Michael Donald Edwards and Linda DiGabriele.


El Fuego

Juan Montenegro Will Talk Salsa With Izzy Sanábria and Sarasota Magazine on WSLR This Friday

Sarasota Magazine managing editor Bethany Ritz will join Montenegro and Sanábria to discuss the Salsa King's influence.

03/06/2023 By Staff

Sing, Sing a Song

Hermitage Artist Retreat CEO Andy Sandberg Makes a Brief Return to the Stage

He'll appear in a benefit concert March 20 at the Van Wezel, along with some of his Broadway friends.

03/05/2023 By Kay Kipling


Go See the New Film Path of the Panther

The film follows wildlife photographer Carlton Ward, Jr. as he tries to capture an image of the first female Florida panther to make it north of the Caloosahatchee River in 43 years.

03/03/2023 By Isaac Eger

History Lesson

The Short Film Spare Me Reveals Sarasota's History as a Sundown Town

Local film student and director Will Mauricette touches on the history of racism in Sarasota through a father-son relationship in his latest film.

03/03/2023 By Kim Doleatto

Cold Case

The Heist That Rocked Sarasota's Art World

In 1969, thieves made off with 15 of Ben Stahl’s most famous paintings. The heist ruined him financially and left behind a mystery that has never been solved.

03/03/2023 By Robert Plunket

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

Embracing Our Differences Raises Record-Breaking $248,000 at Annual Luncheon

“Clearly, more and more people are searching for the creativity and inspiration that is represented in our exhibit," said executive director Sarah Wertheimer.

03/01/2023 By Megan McDonald

Let's Dance

Local Salsa Fans Keep the Genre Alive by Connecting With Its Rich History

Salsa surged in popularity in the 1970s, primarily through the immigrant diaspora dancing to the fusion of the new sounds of Caribbean and African beats with jazz rhythms.

03/01/2023 By Andrea González

Book ban

Shelf Indulgence Is Starting a Mobile Bookstore That Will Feature Banned Books

Shelf Indulgence is fighting statewide book bans by providing access to censored literature.

02/27/2023 By Isaac Eger


Dreamgirls Returns to WBTT Stage with a Big Production

The show is often a hit with audiences, and this staging is no exception.

02/27/2023 By Kay Kipling

Celebrating Our Arts

New Sarasota Arts Festival Moving Forward

Sarasota Rising is working toward presenting a weeklong festival in 2024.

02/24/2023 By Kay Kipling

Black History in Song

Charlayne Hunter-Gault to Narrate Florida's Premier of "The Children's March"

The piece tells the story of a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement.

02/24/2023 By Staff