Editor’s Note: In-person events are subject to change. Please check before you venture out. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Circus Dreams Holidaze
It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas … as the holiday fun rolls around. Example: this Family Night show at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, a Broadway-style musical that takes its hat off to the art of the circus. Expect ballerinas, snowmen, reindeer, gingerbread figures, ornaments and more to come to life. at 7:30 p.m. on Monday; get tickets by calling (941) 263-6799 or vanwezel.org.
Dave Koz and his friends
Here’s another holiday tradition, with saxophonist Koz’s annual tribute to the season. He is joined by guitarist / singer Jonathan Butler, trumpeter Rick Braun, fellow saxophonist Richard Elliot and singer Rebecca Jade for an evening of Christmas classics (and a Hanukkah medley), on stage at Van Wezel, Tuesday at 8 p.m. h. Again, check out vanwezel.org.
Westcoast Black Theater Troupe is unveiling an all-new holiday show, courtesy of creator Nate Jacobs and a cast of familiar and new WBTT faces. They offer a mix of traditional tunes, gospel and pop songs, and their own version of the “Hallelujah Chorus”. Get tickets by calling (941) 366-1505 or visiting westcoastblacktheatre.org.
Terrace the rooms
Select dates from November 27
Are you getting the theme of this vacation newsletter now? Also on the calendar is this interactive, family-friendly entry into the Florida Studio Theater children’s drama series, which welcomes four Elves from the North Pole to celebrate the season. All-new skits and songs, presented on select Saturdays and Sundays at Bowne’s Lab. Head to floridastudiotheatre.org or call (941) 366-9000 for tickets.
Great Escape from the Sarasota Orchestra: Holiday lights
Conductor William Waldrop leads orchestral musicians in a concert with favorite holiday songs like “Winter Wonderland”, “Christmas at the Movies” and Hanukkah festive sounds. All performances at Holley Hall; call (941) 953-3434 or go to sarasotaorchestra.org.
Key choir: Pure grace
The Symphony Choir is teaming up with the Sarasota Ballet’s Studio Company and interns for this program, featuring Eric Whitacre’s Five love songs in Hebrew and its children’s book frame Good night moon, with that of Ola Gjeilo Dark night of the soul and that of John Rutter Magnificat. At 4 p.m. at the Sarasota Opera House; (941) 921-4845 or keychorale.org.
SCD + Duke Ellington
A Sarasota Contemporary Dance collaboration with Shane Chalke BE Jazz and a tribute to jazz legend Duke Ellington. Find out what the choreographers have created to honor the late great musician. On stage at the Cook Theater, and virtually too; find out more about sarasotacontemporarydance.org or call (941) 260-8485.
Judith Linhares: The artist as curator
November 26-April 2
A new exhibition at the Sarasota Art Museum, this one showcasing the work of Californian artist Linhares, who selected five other artists to include in the exhibition with her. Check it out at sarasotaartmuseum.org.