Best things to do around Sarasota April 7-13 | arts and entertainment


Max Tan and Joseph Holt
11 a.m. at the Bird Key Yacht Club, 301 Bird Key Dr.
$54 (includes lunch)
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Buckle up for the awesome violin styles of Max Tan, former winner of the Artist Series Concerts National String Competition and current member of the Sarasota Orchestra. Tan will be accompanied by Joseph Holt on the piano.

Alexander Solotzew and his wife Marina are delighted with its opening at Art Ovation. (Photo: Spencer Fordin)

Life in colors
5:30 p.m. at the Art Ovation Hotel, 1255 N. Palm Ave.
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Alexander Solotzew’s expressive blend of passion and color will be on display at the Art Ovation Hotel for the next few months, but you can meet the artist when it officially opens on Thursday. Solotzew has spent the past nine years painting this collection, and he says he only works when he’s in a positive frame of mind. The warmth and vibrant colors will put you in Paris in one painting and Venice in another, with Solotzew guiding the way.


American Roots: Bluegrass
7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 2050 Oak St.
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The Lubben brothers will make you see and hear triple. These triplets play roots music with tight harmonies and great proficiency on mandolin, fiddle, mandolin and more. The brothers will also play Saturday night at St. Boniface’s Episcopal Church and Sunday at the Presbyterian Church in Venice, giving you three times the chance to see them in action.

Birth of cool
7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Church, 6908 S. Beneva Road
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Witness the revival of cool, as Pete BarenBregge leads a team of local musicians as they attempt to recreate the seminal album made by Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Gerry Mulligan and company.

Singers Nick Ziobro and Julia Goodwin will join the Sarasota Orchestra for a run through the love songs in the American Songbook. (Courtesy picture)


Unforgettable: The American Songbook

Sean O’Laughlin leads the Sarasota Orchestra through a number of unforgettable love songs, and singers Nizk Ziobro and Julia Goodwin will bring the perfect compositions to life. Gershwin and Rodgers and Hammerstein will feature, as will songs made famous by Sinatra, Etta James and Nat King Cole.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 8; 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. April 9
Or: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 7777 N. Tamiami Trail
Tickets: $30-$40


Sarasota Spring Arts and Crafts Festival
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at JD Hamel Park, 199 Bayfront Dr.
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Browse the creations of artisans and artisans from across the state of Florida. You will be able to find sculptures, jewelry, paintings, photography, glass, ceramics and more. The festival will also take place at the same times on Sunday.

Poets Unplugged: an evening of spoken word and music
7 p.m. at Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Court
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Melanie Lavender hosts the third of a four-part poetry special in Fogartyville. The Black on Black Rhyme Tampa Chapter will be featured guest artists. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., open mic begins at 8:00 p.m., then featured artists will head to the microphone at 9:00 p.m.

Tim Boyd Comedy Show
7:30 p.m. at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 3rd Ave. W., Bradenton
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Step out for some clean comedy with South Dakota native and Bradenton resident Tim Boyd. All is well, but the laughs will be rendered in language suitable for ages 10 to 110.


Garden Music Series: Gloria Reuben
1pm at Selby Gardens, 1534 Mound Street
$20; free members
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It’s a beautiful setting to hear the beautiful voice of Emmy-nominated actress Gloria Reuben, who will sing selections from her album “For All We Know and Perchance To Dream.”

Grammy Award-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux performs at La Musica. (Courtesy picture)


Concert La Musica: Strut and Fret

Jason Vieaux has performed with over 100 orchestras around the world, and he will bring his signature tone and inimitable talent to the Sarasota Opera as part of La Musica. Vieaux, who won a Grammy Award in 2015 for Best Classical Instrumental Solo, will perform songs as part of a contemporary and classic quintet during his Sarasota appearance. The virtuoso guitarist began his musical training at the age of 8 and was later taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Vieaux’s latest album sees him tackle compositions by Bach.

When: 3 p.m. on April 10
Or: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.
Tickets: $50

Stage and screen
4 p.m. at Peace Presbyterian, 12705 FL-64 E, Lakewood Ranch
Tickets $15
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Come hear the bells rung and play many of the most familiar songs in stage and screen history. From TV themes to classic Western tunes, Ring Sarasota will have you whistling.

Clarinet par excellence
4 p.m. at Holley Hall, 709 N. Tamiami Trail
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Bharat Chandra, the principal clarinetist of the Sarasota Orchestra, will conduct a quintet through music composed by Coleridge-Taylor and Brahms. The event should last 1h20 including 15 minutes intermission.

Terry Fator: Who is the model now?
7 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 7777 N. Tamiami Trail
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Terry Fator will cast his voice from all angles. Fator, the winner of season two of “America’s Got Talent,” will make his Sarasota debut and show people the origins of his incredible talent for mimicry.

Rick Thomas comes to haunt your dreams. (Courtesy picture)


‘Mansion of Dreams’
7 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 7777 N. Tamiami Trail
$19 to $57
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Will you doubt your lying eyes? Master illusionist Rick Thomas will take you on a journey with incredible feats of sorcery that will leave you wondering how he does it. But a master never reveals his tricks.

Monday Night Jazz Cabaret
7:30 p.m. at FST’s John C. Court Cabaret, 1265 1st. St.
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James Suggs, one of the greatest trumpeters on the west coast of Florida, will bring his inimitable talent to the intimacy of the John C. Court Cabaret. Suggs released his debut album, “You’re Gonna Hear From Me”, in 2018.


Tyshawn Sorey & Jennifer Curtis: Invisible Ritual
8pm at Club Sudakoff, 5845 General Dougher Place
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New Music New College NewFest brings together percussionist and composer Tyshawn Sorey and violinist Jennifer Curtis, whose improvised music laid the foundation for their recent album “Invisible Ritual”. Artists will take their seats for a pre-show conversation at 7:30 p.m.

Johnny Mathis: The Voice of Romance
8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 7777 N. Tamiami Trail
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Johnny Mathis comes to seduce you. The 86-year-old crooner has been touring for decades, and chances are you’ve heard his songs in one movie or another. Mathis received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammys in 2003; he is a living legend.

Sarasota Cuban Ballet 10th Anniversary Gala
7:30 p.m. at Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 3rd Ave W., Bradenton
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The Ballet School celebrates its anniversary with a performance that includes highlights from Acts 2 and 3 of Swan Lake. Three SCBS students will also present the competition pieces they will perform at the Youth America Grand Prix Finals in Tampa.


Musical morning with the duo GS
Noon at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail
Free; RSVP required
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The GS Duo – made up of flautist Angela Galestro and guitarist Jonathan Smith – formed in 2010 while studying at Stetson University, and they went on to earn second place in the American Chamber Music Competition.

Dale Jones
7 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theater, 1923 Ringling Blvd.
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Did you see Jodi White a few weeks ago? Now is your chance to complete the set. White’s husband, Dale Jones, will play at McCurdy until April 17. Jones, a frenetic showman, was a semi-finalist on the sixth season of “Last Comic Standing.”

From darkness to light
7:30 p.m. at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.
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The music of Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Kodaly will be featured in the latest event of the La Musica Festival.

Corina C. Butler