Best things to do around Sarasota from September 22-28 |  Arts and entertainment

Best things to do around Sarasota from September 22-28 | Arts and entertainment


Bishop After Dark: Havana Nights
6 p.m. at the Bishop’s Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th W Street, Bradenton

Time to get sweaty and learn some salsa. The Bishop Museum’s “After Darkness” series kicks off with an evening of dancing in the museum’s courtyard. trainers from J Phillips Dance Studio It will teach you the steps of the first hour, and the last two hours are open dances.

Julie Scoggins
7 p.m. at the McCurdy Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.

Julie Scoggins spent the first arc of her career selling Doritos on a tropical island, and now she’s traveling across the country to make people laugh. Scoggins, the “Queen of Clubs,” describes herself on her website as “a former truck driver, a rotten scooper, and a glamorous school graduate.” She’s honed her acting for decades and will be in McCurdy for six shows running through Sunday.

Caribbean Rhythms
7:30 p.m. at Recital Hall, 5840 26 W Street, Bradenton
$15 and $5 for students and staff
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Join Pete Carney and his student at SCF Jazz Ensemble as they explore the rhythms of salsa, bossa nova and tango. Carne Director of Jazz Studies An applied saxophone instructor at SCF, he will lead his orchestras through the music that is celebrated in Cuba and around the Latin world.

7:30 p.m. at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton

Jonathan Larson couldn’t see his artwork becoming a hit. But decades later, you can enjoy it in a way he never could. Larson died the night before his musical — loosely based on La Boheme — debuted off-Broadway in 1996, and was posthumously awarded a Pulitzer Prize. Twenty-five years later, his creativity still excites audiences.


Anne Patterson will peel the layers of how the artist creates new works. (photo courtesy)

scale and beauty
5:30 p.m. at the Sarasota Museum of Art, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail
$5, registration required

Hermitage Fellow Anne Patterson will give you a peek behind the curtain on how artists are bringing their creations to life. Patterson, a former set designer, is a multidisciplinary artist who works in both watercolor and the large-scale multimedia installations that sometimes fill monumental buildings. Patterson has shown her work at the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, and she’ll talk a little bit about what’s next in her career.

Classic Films at the Opera House: “Harvey”
7:30 p.m. at Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.

You are probably familiar with Jimmy Stewart as an icon of decency. But did you see him when he had delusional fantasies about a giant rabbit the size of a man? Stewart chews up a scene in this 1950 comedy about an eccentric man who may or may not end up in a mental hospital, and about his family members who may or may not see a rabbit as well.

In-studio performance with Jennifer Nuesi
7 p.m. at Sarasota Contemporary Dance
$20 and $10 virtual for Saturday performance

Guest artist Jennifer Neese is ready to reveal her soul. Nuesi’s performance will deal with all the big emotions as she navigates love, loss, heartbreak, and self-divinity. Nuesi will perform on Friday and Saturday evenings, and a final performance will be available via livestream.


Beach walks and bird talks at Lido Key
7 a.m. in the South Lido Key Beach Park Bath House, 2201 Benjamin Franklin Drive
$45; Members $35

Join a garden and recreation naturalist as he guides them on a Lido Beach walking tour to learn about the native flora and fauna that make up the Sarasota Bay Front ecosystem. Bring binoculars, water shoes, hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen. The class is repeated on the last Saturday of every month.

Dylan Foley, who grew up in upstate New York, became the all-Ireland champion four times. (photo courtesy)

Equinox: A Celtic Celebration
4 p.m. at Church of the Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Road
$35 – $45

Celebrate the changing of seasons with Key Chorale! The symphonic choral ensemble welcomes a group of artists who specialize in traditional Celtic sounds, and will play an homage to the old country on tracks like “Danny Boy” and others you may not have heard yet. Tenor Brad Diamond will join the group, as will Irish violin champion Dylan Foley.

Real men wear pink fashion show
6 p.m. in the Grand Court of The Mall at University Town Center, 140 University Town Center Drive

Real Men Wear Pink fashion show benefits the American Cancer community. Watch 33 Real Men Wear Pink ambassadors from Sarasota and Manatee dressed in pink.

FST improvement: “We are doomed’
7:30 p.m. at Bowne Lab, 1265 First St.
$12 – $15

Choose a disaster movie. Any disaster movie. Put it in the blender. and press spin. This is what the improvisation crew does at the Florida Studio Theater every Saturday night under the “condemned” marquee. The audience suggests a title, then the improv crew goes off and makes it funny. They may end up recruiting the audience to join them to embody the cast.

Anne Morrison, who was photographed earlier this year at the Asolo Rep event, is ready to give her one-man show on stage at Studio 1130. (Photo by Spencer Forden)

“Cheerfully from the center”
7:30 p.m. at Studio 1130, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail

Join Broadway veteran Anne Morrison on her captivating one-woman show that reinterprets Stephen Sondheim’s songs she brought to the stage four decades ago. Morrison, who starred as Mary Flynn in Merrily We Go Along, will tell you stories from the character’s perspective.


The Market at Lakewood Ranch
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Lake Front Road at Waterside Place at Lakewood Ranch

Lakewood Ranch’s farmers market operates every Sunday year round. Vendors will offer seafood, eggs, meat, dairy, pasta, bakery products, jams and pickles, among other things. Other features are kids activities and live music.

HD at the Opera: “Der Rosenkavalier”

1:30 p.m. at Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.

Go back six decades to the 1960’s performance of Richard Strauss’ masterpiece. This three-hour show includes the outstanding work of conductor Herbert von Karajan, singers Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Otto Edelmann, not to mention the talents of the Opera House ballet, Vienna Opera Choir and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.


Fiber-optic artist Katrina Combs stands beneath one of her works at the Sarasota Museum of Art. (Photo by Spencer Forden)

Tour highlights
11:15 a.m. at the Sarasota Museum of Art, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail
Free with museum entry

What better than an opportunity to absorb art at your own pace? What do you think of a guided tour who knows all about the exhibits?

The Sarasota Museum of Art offers featured tours on Fridays and Wednesdays, and you can get the inside scoop on the topics that tie the exhibits together.

Seeing the invisible
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Selby Gardens Historic Campus, Spanish Point, 401N. Free Tamami Trail with Museum Entry

You will have to download the Seeing the Invisible app before you arrive; And make sure your phone or tablet is fully charged. But once you get to grips with these basics, you’ll be treated to a contemporary immersive augmented reality art gallery that will bring you the work of more than a dozen famous artists from around the world.

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