Cultural Calendar

By Kay Kipling November 1, 2009


Suncoast Watercolor Society exhibition, through Nov. 5, Venice Art Center

Red Hot Operetta, through Nov. 8, Players Theatre

La traviata, through Nov. 11, Sarasota Opera

The Mystery Plays, through Nov. 15 in FSU/Asolo Conservatory production, Cook Theatre

November, through Nov. 15 at Venice Theatre’s Stage II

Nunsense, through Nov. 15, Manatee Players

* Contact, through Nov. 22

at Asolo Rep’s Mertz Theatre

Run for Your Wife (through Nov. 27) and Caught in the Net (through Nov. 29), Golden Apple Dinner Theatre

Aging in America:  The Years Ahead, photo exhibition through Dec. 3, Longboat Key Center for the Arts

That’s Life, through Jan. 2 at Florida Studio Theatre Goldstein Cabaret

Venice in the Age of Canaletto, through Jan. 10, Ringling Museum of Art

November 2009

* 1 through May 31 Sarasota Season of Sculpture, along Sarasota bayfront

4  Singer-songwriter Jewel,

Van Wezel

6  Vocal ensemble Ten Tenors, Van Wezel

6 through Dec. 9 Annual Ringling College Faculty and Staff Exhibitions

* 6-12  Cine-World Film Festival, Burns Court Cinema

8 Sarasota Pops: “Oscar Meets the Pops,” Church of the Palms

8, 10 Singer Rosena Hill,  Artist Series, Historic Asolo Theater

* 10 through Dec. 6 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Venice Theatre

12 Sarasota Orchestra Chamber Soiree, Holley Hall

13-15 New Music New College Series: Living and Dead: The Gettysburg Project

13 through Dec. 5 Members Only Portrait & Figure Show, Venice Art Center.

15  New Shanghai Circus, Van Wezel

16  Writer Stephen King, Van Wezel

17 through Jan. 9 6th Annual Florida Photography Open Juried Exhibition, Art Center Sarasota

* 18 Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, Van Wezel

18-21 Sarasota Orchestra Great Escapes, Holley Hall

* 18 through Jan. 15  25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Florida Studio Theatre

19-21 FDR starring Ed Asner, Historic Asolo Theater

20  Musical duo The Bacon Brothers, Van Wezel

22  Key Chorale, “Bach to Bach,” Sarasota Opera House

* 27-29  Sarasota Ballet: Giselle, at the Sarasota Opera House

28  Dave Koz:  A Smooth Jazz Christmas 2009, Van Wezel

29  Camelot, Van Wezel

30  Irving Berlin’s I Love a Piano, Van Wezel

December 2009

1  Sister’s Christmas Catechism, Golden Apple

2  Comedy duo the Smothers Brothers, Van Wezel

3-13  A Christmas Carol, Players Theatre

3-13  The Education of Angels, Island Players

3-20  Annie, Manatee Players

4, 5  Sarasota Ballet: The Nutcracker, Sarasota Opera House

4-6  Sarasota Craft Show, featuring 150 fine crafts artists, Sarasota Bradenton International Convention Center

4-6  Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks: In Fantasy, Joyce Yang, piano

4-20  The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Venice Theatre

4 through April 1 The Perfume Shop, Asolo Rep

5  Handel’s Messiah, Sarasota Choral Society, Pine Shores Presbyterian Church

6, 8  Singers Richard White/Susan Powell, Artist Series, Historic Asolo Theater

7  Gloria Musicae, “A Glorious Christmas,” St. Boniface Episcopal Church

9  Linda Eder: The Holiday Show, Van Wezel

* 10, 11 Avenue Q, Van Wezel

10 Sarasota Orchestra Chamber Soiree, Holley Hall

11 through Jan. 7  Black & White Plus One Color exhibition, Venice Art Center

11 through Feb. 23 Life of Galileo, Asolo Rep

12  That’s Amore: Dean Martin and Friends Holiday Special, Van Wezel

13  Sarasota Pops: “Cine-mental Holiday,” Church of the Palms

13  Sandi Patty’s Yuletide, Van Wezel

16-19 Sarasota Orchestra Great Escapes, Holley Hall

* 16 through Feb. 13 Florida Studio Theatre presents Bridge and Tunnel, at Gompertz Theatre

* 16 through April 4 Gothic Art in the Gilded Age, Ringling Museum of Art

18, 19  Holiday Concerts, Venice Symphony, Church of the Nazarene

18-20  “The Sounds of Christmas,” Artist Series of Sarasota, Historic Asolo Theater

18-20  A Christmas Carol, Venice Theatre

18 through Feb. 25 Searching for Eden: The Diaries of Adam and Eve, Asolo Rep

* 20 through Jan. 2 Perlman Music Program Winter Residency, with Celebration Concert Jan. 2 at the Sarasota Opera House

22  A Christmas Carol, Van Wezel

29  Moscow Ballet, Great Russian Nutcracker, Van Wezel

29 through Jan. 10  The Musical Magic of Hayes and Hyman (Bill Hayes, Dick Hyman), Golden Apple

30  Bowfire: Holiday Heart Strings, Van Wezel

30, 31  Red, Hot, and Blue!, Venice Theatre

January 2010

1 Salute to Vienna, Van Wezel

3  Singer-actress Bernadette Peters, Van Wezel

3, 5  Amernet String Quartet, Artist Series, at Historic Asolo Theater

* 5 Singer Tony Bennett, Van Wezel 40th anniversary show

5 through March 20 Reflections, soul/pop musical revue, Florida Studio Theatre cabaret stage

6  Bobby Vee Family & Friends, Van Wezel

6-24  Blue/Orange, FSU/Asolo Conservatory, Cook Theatre

7-24  I Am My Own Wife, Venice Theatre’s Stage II

7-24  Sugar Babies, Manatee Players

8-10  Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks: On Tour, Daniel Jordan, violin

10  Ringling Town Hall, speaker Fareed Zakaria

12  Sarasota Concert Association: musician Peng Peng, at Van Wezel

12-31  Sly Fox at Venice Theatre

12 Sarasota Orchestra Chamber Soiree, Holley Hall

12 through Feb. 21 The Marvelous Wonderettes, Golden Apple Dinner Theatre

13  Comedian Jackie Mason, Van Wezel

14-16  “The Best of Broadway” pops concerts, Venice Symphony, Church of the Nazarene

14-24  Some Enchanted Evening, Players Theatre

14  Defending the Caveman, Van Wezel

15, 16  New Music New College: JACK Quartet

15, 16  Three Men…and a Baby Grand,  Artist Series, Holley Hall

15-28  3-D exhibition at Venice Art Center

15 through Feb. 11  Making Waves, sculptures by Malcolm Robertson, Longboat Key Center for the Arts

* 15 through Feb. 16 REAL(ists) exhibition, Selby Gallery

16  Ultimate Doo-Wop Show, Van Wezel.

17  Temptations & Four Tops, Van Wezel

18 George Stephanopoulos, Ringling Town Hall Platinum Dinner speaker

19  Glenn Miller Orchestra, Van Wezel

* 20  Chita Rivera:

My Broadway, Van Wezel

21  Natalie McMaster/Donnell Leahy: Master of the Fiddle, Van Wezel

21 Self Help, Island Players

*  21 through Feb. 28 The Last Five Years, Asolo Rep, at Historic Asolo Theater

22  Classical musicians the Ahn Trio, Van Wezel

22 through April 11: Hearts, Asolo Rep

23  Sarasota Orchestra Pixel Pops, “Rodgers and Hammerstein at the Movies,” at Van Wezel

23  Guitar Sarasota: Gabriel Blanco, St. Paul Lutheran Church

24 The Wedding Singer, Van Wezel

24, 26  Violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn, Artist Series, Historic Asolo Theater

25  Ringling Town Hall: speaker Peggy Noonan

26  Comedy troupe The Capitol Steps, Van Wezel

27  Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra, Van Wezel

29  Country singer Vince Gill, Van Wezel

29-31 Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks: In Nature

29-31 Sarasota Ballet: Triple Bill with Les Rendezvous, Othello and Matthew Bourne’s Boutique, FSU Center

29 through Feb. 28 Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical, Venice Theatre

31  Sarasota Pops: “Days of Glory: The Music of World War II,” Church of the Palms


1  Girls Night: The Musical, Van Wezel

2  Dance-theater company The Aluminum Show, Van Wezel

* 3 Martha Graham Dance Company, Van Wezel

3-6  Sarasota Orchestra Great Escapes, Holley Hall

* 3 through April 13 Pulitzer Prize winner Ruined at Florida Studio Theatre

4  Big Band swing with Diane Schuur and Bobby Caldwell, Van Wezel

4-6  Ringling College International Design Conference, on campus

5  Comedian Tim Conway and Friends, Van Wezel

5, 6  Classical Concerts, Venice Symphony, Church of the Nazarene

5-21  The Motown ’60s Revue, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, Art Center Sarasota

6  Blue Suede Shoes (The Ultimate Elvis Bash), Van Wezel

6-8  Second Annual Sarasota Open Ballroom Dance Competition, Hyatt Regency Sarasota

* 6 through March 21 Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci, Sarasota Opera

8  Ringling Town Hall: speaker Condoleezza Rice

9  Hairspray, Van Wezel

10  Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles, Van Wezel

11  Israel Ballet, Van Wezel

11-21  Lend Me a Tenor, Players Theatre

12  Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Van Wezel

* 12-28  Circus Sarasota performs, location TBA

13  Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Van Wezel

* 13 through March 21 The Magic Flute, Sarasota Opera

13 through April 25 In Search of Norman Rockwell’s America, Ringling Museum of Art

14  Van Wezel Foundation Gala: Gladys Knight, Van Wezel

14, 16  Soprano Hanan Alattar, Artist Series, Asolo Theater

15  Sarasota Concert Association: classical musicians the Eroica Trio, at Van Wezel

16  Comedienne Joan Rivers with special guest James Naughton, Van Wezel

16 through March 14  Annie at Venice Theatre

18 The Irish Rovers, Van Wezel

18 through March 1 Shear Madness, FST's Gompertz Theatre

* 18 through March 7 Curtains, Manatee Players

* 19  Singer-actress Patti Lupone: Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda!, Van Wezel

19-21  Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks: In Youth, Elena Urioste, violin

19-21  Sarasota Ballet: Triple Bill with Vespri, Divertissements and I Napoletani, FSU Center

19 through March 19 Annual Members’ Exhibition, Longboat Key Center for the Arts

21, 23  The Amelia Trio, Artist Series, Historic Asolo Theater

23-28  Mamma Mia!, Van Wezel

23 through TBA L’il Abner, Golden Apple Dinner Theatre

26  New Music New College: Crossroads 2

26, 27  Classical Concerts, Venice Symphony, Church of the Nazarene

26 through March 31 Perestroika (n) Restructuring: The Glass Sculpture of Kathleen Mulcahy, Ron Desmett and Martin Prekop at Selby Gallery

27 Guitar Sarasota: duo Pablo Gonzales Jazey and Thomas Koch, at St. Paul Lutheran Church

27 through March 13 Hansel and Gretel, Sarasota Opera

28 Sarasota Orchestra Chamber Soiree, Holley Hall

28 through March 6

Sarasota Jazz Festival, locations including Phillippi Estate Park and Players Theatre


1  Violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman, Van Wezel

1-18  Paint Out in Paradise exhibition, Venice Art Center

2  Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra, Van Wezel

3-21  Machinal, FSU/Asolo Conservatory, Cook Theatre

4-7  Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks: Through Life, Andreas Haefliger, piano

5  Sarasota Concert Association: Russian National Orchestra, at Van Wezel

6 The Musicians from Marlboro, Artist Series, Historic Asolo Theater

6-20  Giovanna d’Arco, Sarasota Opera

7  Sarasota Pops: “Reel Classics,” Church of the Palms

* 8  Joffrey Ballet, Van Wezel

9  The Irish Tenors, Van Wezel

10  Ringling Town Hall: speaker Pervez Musharraf

10-13  Sarasota Orchestra Great Escapes, Holley Hall

* 11 through April 11 Rent at Venice Theatre’s Stage II

12  Shirley Jones: A Night at the Oscars, Van Wezel

12 through April 17 Managing Maxine, Asolo Rep

14  European-style circus Cirque Le Masque, Van Wezel

15  The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess 75th Anniversary World Tour, Van Wezel

16  Sarasota Concert Association: Buffalo Philharmonic, at Van Wezel

17  Singer Liza Minnelli, Van Wezel

18  Sarasota Orchestra Pixel Pops: Ellis Island, at Van Wezel

18-28  Fiddler on the Roof, Players Theatre

18 through April 4  Catch Me If You Can, Island Players

19  Classic Albums Live Present: Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, Van Wezel

19 through April 4  The Magnificent Mills Brothers, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, Art Center Sarasota

21  Band of Irish Guard & Pipes of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, Van Wezel

21, 23 Pianist Ya Fei Chuang, Artist Series, Historic Asolo Theater

23  Dick Fox’s Golden Boys: Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell, Van Wezel

23 through June 5 Night Train to Memphis world premiere, Florida Studio Theatre cabaret stage

24 through April 18

New Play Festival, Asolo Rep in the Cook Theatre

* 25-28  Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks (with Key Chorale): Carmina Burana

25 through April 11 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Manatee Players

25 through April 22  A Survey of Works, artist Florence Putterman, Longboat Key Center for the Arts

* 26 Sarasota Concert Association: pianist Lang Lang, conductor Christopher von Eschenbach, at Van Wezel

26, 27  Classical Concerts, Venice Symphony, Church of the Nazarene

26 through April 15 Members Only Landscape/Seascape exhibition, Venice Art Center

25  Guitar Sarasota Denis Azabagic, St. Paul Lutheran Church

30 Lang Lang, Christopher von Eschenbach: Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, Van Wezel

30 through April 19 Dearly Departed, Venice Theatre

* 31  Ringling Town Hall: speaker Phillippe de Montebello


1  One Night of Queen, Van Wezel (performed by Gary Mullen & The Works)

2  In the Mood:  A 1940s Musical, Van Wezel

2, 3  Sarasota Ballet Triple Bill

with Christopher Wheeldon’s There Where She Loved, Rococo Variations, Pineapple Poll, Opera House

3  Country-rock group Lonestar, Van Wezel

* 5 Gloria Musicae,

Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Opera House

6  The Beach Boys, Van Wezel

6 through May 23 (tentative): The Andrews Brothers, Golden Apple Dinner Theatre

7  Neil Berg’s 102 Years of Broadway, Van Wezel

7-10  Sarasota Orchestra Great Escapes, Holley Hall

7 through May 29: National New Play Network world premiere of Shotgun, Florida Studio Theatre

* 9-18  Sarasota Film Festival, Hollywood 20

* 9-21 La Musica International

Chamber Music Festival

9-26 Best of Ringling: Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Selby Gallery

11 Sarasota Pops: “Broadway to Hollywood,” Church of the Palms

11 Barbra & Frank: The Show That Never Was, Van Wezel

14 Irish music and dance ensemble Celtic Crossroads,

Van Wezel

15 Swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy with a tribute to Cab Calloway, Van Wezel

15 through May 3 The Game of Love and Chance, FSU/Asolo Conservatory, Historic Asolo Theater

15 through May 2 Beast on the Moon at Venice Theatre’s Stage II

16  Sarasota Orchestra Pixel Pops: City Lights, Van Wezel

17-29  South Sarasota County Schools Spring Art exhibition, Venice Art Center

19  Singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka, Van Wezel

20, 21  Xanadu, Van Wezel

* 22 through May 2 The Who’s Tommy, Players Theatre

23 Music and more with the Mystical Arts of Tibet, Van Wezel

23, 24  Spring Pops Concert, Venice Symphony. Church of the Nazarene

23-25  Sarasota Ballet Triple Bill with Donizetti Variations, Infernal Galop and a world premiere by Sarasota Ballet dancers, FSU Center

* 23 through May 9 Jar the Floor, Westcoast

Black Theatre Troupe, Art Center Sarasota

24 New Music New College: Victoria Bass, cello

24 Guitar Sarasota Showcase Concert, St. Paul Lutheran Church

25 Key Chorale 25th Anniversary Concert, Opera House

29  Sarasota Orchestra Journeys to Genius: Beethoven, the Angry Revolutionary

30  Ringling College Senior Thesis Exhibitions, Selby Gallery

3- through May 27  Your Point of View, juried photo exhibition, Longboat Key Center for the Arts


4-23  Doubt, Venice Theatre

5-8  Sarasota Orchestra Great Escapes, Holley Hall

6-23  Gypsy, Manatee Players

7-27  Absolute Abstract exhibition, Venice Art Center.

* 7-30 Dancing Backwards in High Heels: The Ginger Musical, Asolo Rep

9, 11  Liebeslieder Waltzes, Artist Series, Historic Asolo Theater

13  Sarasota Orchestra Chamber Soiree, Holley Hall

13-23  Honk! at Venice Theatre

13-23  The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Island Players

14-28  Community Exhibitions at Selby Gallery: Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society; Robert Hodgell

16, 18  Italian Saxophone Quartet, Artist Series, Historic Asolo Theater

28 through June 13  Married Alive! at Venice Theatre


6, 8  Pianists Elizabeth Joy Roe and Greg Anderson, Artist Series, Sarasota

11-24  Found Objects exhibition, Venice Art Center

TBA  Banyan Theater Company summer season

22-27  International Amateur Theater Festival, Venice Theatre

*  25 through July 28

David Budd: A 40-Year Retrospective, Selby Gallery


Reserve your tickets now

Asolo Repertory Theatre, FSU/Asolo Conservatory: (941) 351-8000

Art Center Sarasota: (941) 365-2032

Artist Series of Sarasota: (941) 388-1188; box office, (941) 360-7399

Banyan Theater Company: (941) 358-5330; box office, (941) 552-1032

Cine-World Film Festival: (Sarasota Film Society): (941) 364-8662; (941) 955-FILM

Circus Sarasota: (941) 355-9335

Florida Studio Theatre: (941) 366-9000

Gloria Musicae: (941) 954-4223

Golden Apple Dinner Theatre: (941) 366-5454

Guitar Sarasota: (941) 362-2991

Historic Asolo Theater: (941) 360-7399

Island Players: (941) 778-5755

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art: (941) 359-5700

Key Chorale: (941) 921-4845

La Musica International Chamber Music Festival: box office,

(941) 366-8450 ext. 3

Longboat Key Center for the Arts: (941) 383-2345

Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre: (941) 748-5875

New Music New College:

(941) 487-4888

Perlman Music Program:

(941) 955-4942

Players Theatre: (941) 365-2494

Ringling College Library Association Town Hall: (941) 925-1343

Sarasota Ballet: (941) 359-0099; box office (941) 351-8000

Sarasota Choral Society:

Sarasota Concert Association:

(941) 955-0040

Sarasota Concert Band:

(941) 364-2263

Sarasota Craft Show/Sarasota Bradenton International

Convention Center: (941) 355-9161

Sarasota Film Festival: (941) 364-9514; box office, (941) 366-6200

Sarasota Jazz Festival: (941) 366-1552

Sarasota Opera: (941) 366-8450

Sarasota Orchestra: (941) 953-3434

Sarasota Pops: (941) 926-POPS

Selby Gallery: (941) 359-7563

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Charge-It Line: (941) 953-3368

Venice Art Center: (941) 485-7136

Venice Symphony: (941) 488-1010

Venice Theatre: (941) 488-1115

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: (941) 366-1505

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