Arts & Entertainment


Sarasota's Own Tori Byrd Tours in Disney's Aladdin at the Van Wezel

It's her first national tour, but she may be familiar to local audiences from roles here.

01/18/2023 By Kay Kipling


Asolo Rep's The Three Musketeers Goes for the (Comic) Gusto

A lot of swash gets buckled in Ken Ludwig's adaptation of the "all for one, one for all" story.

01/17/2023 By Kay Kipling

Time Machine

Stroll Through Sarasota History With an Interactive Walking Tour

Compass Rose founders Andrea Knies and Mimi Cirbusova explore the boom and bust of 1926 Sarasota and the resilience of the community during the Great Depression and World War II.

01/17/2023 By Kim Doleatto


The Hermitage Names Not One, But Two Greenfield Prize Winners for 2023

They are visual artist Sandy Rodriguez and street dance pioneer Lorenzo "Rennie" Harris.

01/17/2023 By Staff


In 1955, Local Heroes Staged 'Wade-Ins' to Protest Segregation

As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and approach Black History Month, here's a look back at Sarasota's history in the civil rights movement.

01/13/2023 By Bethany Ritz

A Perfect 10

A Fast-Paced, Fan-Favorite Special Speaker Event is Back

After a two-year hiatus, 10x10, which features 10 local presenters each with 10 slides and five minutes to speak, is back.

01/13/2023 By Kim Doleatto

Catch it While You Can

The Ringling's New Exhibit Highlights a Decade of Collecting

One thing that’s immediately noticeable in the show is how much contemporary art is on display.

01/12/2023 By Bethany Ritz

Only in Sarasota

The Bay Offers a Place for Rest and Tranquility

John Pirman illustrates a small sandy nook with views of Longboat Key.

01/11/2023 Illustrations by John Pirman


Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's Flyin' West Tells a Surprising Story with History Behind It

Black settlers in 19th-century Kansas struggle for land and freedom in Pearl Cleage's play.

01/10/2023 By Kay Kipling

Unity Awards

Doricha Sales Teaches the Art of Ballet to Break Down Barriers

"I think my profession can help more people see that dance is accessible to them.” 

01/09/2023 By Dariela Delgado

Unity Awards

Arlene Sweeting Gives a Voice to Underrepresented Communities

In 2004, Sweeting partnered with the New College Student Alliance and 96.5 WSLR was born.

01/09/2023 By Isaac Eger

Image Is Everything

What the New City Seal Says About Sarasota's Possible Future

Reading the tea leaves of the city's new look.

01/04/2023 By Isaac Eger

Timely Talks

New College Lecture Series Examines the Holocaust and Modern-Day Genocide in Myanmar

Holocaust survivor Louise Lawrence-Israëls and Rohingya activist Wai Wai Nu will discuss their experiences with genocide on Wednesday, Jan. 25.

01/03/2023 By Laura Paquette


A Glimpse of Sarasota From the Air in 1923

Here's a chance to look back on the changes that this city has experienced over the past century.

12/30/2022 By Bethany Ritz

Best of the Year

Our Favorite Photos of 2022

From emotional portraits to striking natural beauty to one hilarious lemur, here are some of the best photos we ran in 2022.

12/29/2022 By Staff

Florida Woman

What to Know Before Moving to Florida

This December, writer Laura Paqutte is celebrating the anniversary of her three-year-long relationship with the Sunshine State.

12/29/2022 By Laura Paquette

Top 10 in 2022

10 Great Reads From a Year Full of Them

Our editor-in-chief picks some of his favorite stories from 2022.

12/28/2022 By Cooper Levey-Baker

A Year of the Arts

Sarasota's Top 10 Performances of 2022

We pulled together a short list of the best of the arts, theater and performance in Sarasota this year worthy of reminiscing or catching before they close.

12/27/2022 By Kay Kipling

Thanks for the Memories

Two Retiring Asolo Rep Leaders Reflect on Their Decades With the Theater

Producing artistic director Michael Donald Edwards and managing director Linda DiGabriele will step down from their posts in June 2023. 

12/21/2022 By Kay Kipling


Florida Woman Happily Reads Daily News Story About Winter Storms Up North, 1940

Our smug enjoyment of good weather while the North freezes goes back decades.

12/19/2022 By Bethany Ritz