First Person

What It's Like to Visit The Ringling as a Young Black Woman

Jessika Ward asks herself how the world sees her—and is surprised to find answers at The Ringling’s “Being Seen” exhibit.

07/08/2020 By Jessika Ward

Party Like a Patriot

What to Do on the Fourth of July in Sarasota-Manatee

Sarasota fireworks displays may be canceled, but here are other fun ways to celebrate the Fourth this year, with social distancing and safety in mind.

07/02/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Top Events

What to Do This Week in Sarasota: July 2-8

Fireworks on the Lake, Choral Artists present “American Fanfare,” The Planetarium at Bishop reopens, and more.

07/02/2020 By Kay Kipling

Human Resources

Photo Exhibit Highlights Workers Who Rebuilt Sarasota Art Museum

"Worker," a photo series shot by Barbara Banks, highlights construction workers who restored the old Sarasota High building.

06/30/2020 By Allison Forsyth Photography by Barbara Banks

Editors' Picks

What We're Listening to Right Now

Our editors on what they're tuning into these days.

06/25/2020 By Staff

Coming Up

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens to Present Roy Lichtenstein's Take on Monet's Garden

The gardens announced the 2021 show for the popular Jean & Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Series.

06/24/2020 By Kay Kipling

Update

WBTT Makes Change to 2020-21 Season Schedule

The season opener is now slated to be a production of The Soul Crooners.

06/23/2020 By Kay Kipling

Back in Business

Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art Reopens in New Space

Many of the area's other art galleries have reopened, too.

06/23/2020 By Kay Kipling

Call to Action

FSU/Asolo Conservatory Students Charge Racism

Five current black students accuse the Conservatory, Asolo Rep and Florida State University of institutional racism in a letter signed by dozens of supporters.

06/18/2020 By Kay Kipling

Reality check

Siesta Key Star Fired for Alleged Racist Social Media Posts

Alex Kompothecras 'will not be in future seasons of Siesta Key,' according to an MTV spokesperson.

06/17/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Now in Progress

Will Community Theater Seasons Go On? And How?

Artistic leaders have needed to be flexible in adapting to COVID-19 restrictions.

06/17/2020 By Kay Kipling

Openings

Barnes & Noble to Open at Mall at University Town Center

The store opens June 17 at 10:30 a.m.

06/16/2020 By Staff

A Different Look

Being Seen at The Ringling Focuses on Female Photographers

The photography exhibit now on view offers the gaze through women's eyes.

06/16/2020 By Kay Kipling

Feathered Friends

Ringling College Student Uses Art to Raise Awareness for Sarasota's Birds

Bird trainer turned art student Morgan Johnson creates educational posters to help preserve the area's diverse bird population.

06/12/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Grants

Ringling Museum Receives $30,000 NEA Grant

The grant will be used to support a two-year-long multidisciplinary program dedicated to the role of women in the circus arts.

06/11/2020 By Staff

When Will the Shows Go on?

Van Wezel Makes Changes to Upcoming Broadway Series Season

Restrictions due to COVID-19 continue to affect Broadway touring production schedules.

06/11/2020 By Kay Kipling

Reopening

Discover Sarasota Sightseeing Trolley Tours Resume June 19

‘I’m hopeful,’ says operator Tammy Hauser. ‘It’s a forward-moving thing.’

06/09/2020 By Ilene Denton

What We're Reading

Take a Breather From the News and Pick Up a Book

Here's what our editors have been reading.

06/05/2020 By The Editors

Playing On

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Announces 25th Anniversary Season

The series of concerts, mixing classical, pops and more, is set to return in September.

06/03/2020 By Kay Kipling

High Wire

Nik Wallenda Brings New Drive-In Show, 'Daredevil Rally,' to Nathan Benderson Park

Watch Nik Wallenda and crew perform death-defying stunts at his thrilling drive-in show at Nathan Benderson Park.

06/03/2020 By Allison Forsyth