Arts & Entertainment

Portrait of the Artist

Guercino's 'Friar with a Gold Earring' Presents Intriguing Mysteries at The Ringling

The 17th-century painting is at the center of a new exhibition.

10/16/2023 By Kay Kipling


Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's 'Once on This Island' Uplifts and Enchants

The Caribbean-flavored musical offers visual and emotional highlights.

10/16/2023 By Kay Kipling


La Musica Announces 38th Season Lineup

Highlights include a chance to hear Schubert's two piano trios, performances by musicians from New York's Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and a spring festival.

10/10/2023 By Staff

Off the Page

Authors Bring the 'Write Stuff' to Sarasota Literary Festival

Sarah MacLean, a romance novelist who loves historical fiction, is part of a panel taking part in the November event.

10/06/2023 By Catherine Hicks/Community News Collaborative


Selby Gardens Kicks Off 50th Anniversary Season with Orchid Show

Here's a sneak peek at the show, which opens Saturday.

10/05/2023 By Kay Kipling


October's Biggest and Best Fall and Halloween Celebrations

Everything you need to know about our favorite spooky season events and festivals.

10/03/2023 By Lauren Jackson

The Body Electric

At Ringling College, Figure Models Play an Integral Role in Teaching Art Students

We often forget the people behind the works of art; the statues we pay money to see. Figure models remind us.

10/02/2023 By Caleb Guedes-Reed


Selby Gardens to Present Yayoi Kusama: A Letter to Georgia O’Keeffe

The exhibition will explore the unexpected yet profoundly impactful mentoring relationship that developed between Kusama and O’Keeffe.

09/29/2023 Photography by Staff

Coming Attractions

Hermitage Retreat Announces New Benderson Park Series

The first event will feature Hermitage fellows Terry Guest and James Anthony Tyler on Nov. 16.

09/29/2023 By Staff

Coming Attractions

PINC Returns to the Sarasota Opera House on Dec. 7

After a three-year hiatus, the conference will feature a day of thought-provoking speakers from a variety of disciplines, including wrestler and MMA fighter Zion Clark.

09/28/2023 By Staff


Sarasota Jewish Theatre Announces 2023-2024 Season

“The diversity in SJT audiences proves that you don't have to be Jewish to love Jewish theater," says artistic director Carole Kleinberg.

09/26/2023 By Staff

Under the Big Top

Circus Arts Conservatory, Nik Wallenda Announce New Collaboration

The renowned circus artist and circus arts organization will co-produce holiday shows in the UTC area in the coming years.

09/21/2023 By Staff

Milestone Moments

Selby Gardens Announces 50th Anniversary Season

Programming includes the 2023 Orchid Show, a new coffee-table book and the return of artist-in-residence Patti Smith.

09/21/2023 By Staff

Arts 2.0

Construction Is Underway on the New ArtCenter Manatee. Here's a Sneak Peek.

The new two-story, 28,000-square-foot facility will be named the Herrig Center for the Arts and is slated to be done in roughly two years.

09/20/2023 By Kim Doleatto


Sarasota Native Lois Duncan Wrote 'I Know What You Did Last Summer'

The book went on to become a popular slasher film in 1997.

09/19/2023 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Mic Drop

'Mean' Gene Okerlund, Wrestling’s Greatest Interviewer, Had a Decades-Long Love Affair With Sarasota

Okerlund began visiting Sarasota in the 1970s and later lived in Osprey's Oaks Club year-round.

09/17/2023 By Clayton Trutor


Sarasota Art Museum Announces 2023-2024 Exhibitions

The season includes a blend of artists, from those presenting their first solo exhibitions to artists known worldwide.

09/14/2023 By Staff

On the Road

Sarasota's New Pop-Up Library Makes It Easier Than Ever to Access Books and Technology

The library on wheels has dozens of resources and is headed to a location near you.

09/12/2023 By Emma Moneuse

The Beat Goes On

Celebrated Percussionist Gerardo Veléz Brings Rhythm and Style to Sarasota

Veléz has been a percussionist for the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Spyro Gyra, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, and Nile Rodgers and Chic.

09/07/2023 By Andrea González

Stars Align

Actor Dylan McDermott to Headline Inaugural Children Charities Speaker Series

The series is a collaboration between Semkhor and Florida Winefest/Caring for Children Charities.

09/05/2023 By Staff