Festivals & Events

Dome Flea Market and Farmers Market, Venice

9:00 AM – Dome flea market and event center, 5115 S.R. 776, Venice – (941) 376-0969
An eclectic blend of old and new, offering everything from A to Z. More than 300 booths & produce market. Open year-round.

Sarasota Film Festival
10:00 AM – Regal Cinemas Hollywood 20, 1993 Main St, Sarasota – 365-2000
Held annually in Sarasota, FL, The Sarasota Film Festival emphasizes the best in cinema alongside exciting programs and events, with more than 200 films screened each year including features, documentaries, shorts, and family-friendly movies. On the occasion of our 16th annual festival, taking place April 4-13, 2014, we remain proud to showcase the work of the cinema’s finest artists, with an internationally renowned festival that highlights our idyllic Gulf Coast community.

Sarasota Outdoor Living & Garden Show
10:00 AM – Five Points Park, Main Street and Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota – (941) 914-5355
Visit us April 5-6, 2014 in downtown Sarasota for the Sarasota Outdoor Living & Garden Show, an event designed specifically for you – the homeowner!   The event lays a palette of exhibits: services, products, technologies, demonstrations and seminars selected to guide you in translating your ideas and visions of how to transform your outdoor home and leisure environment – into reality. Need a landscape architect?

Sunday Gospel Brunch – Blue Rooster
11:00 AM – Blue Rooster, 1525 4th St., Sarasota – (941) 388-7539
Enjoy the gospel sounds of different live artists each week while enjoying a sumptuous Southern brunch buffet.

All-American Family Day and Concert, with Band “America,” Ed Smith Stadium
12:00 PM – Ed Smith Stadium Complex, 2700 12th St., Sarasota – 941 893-6300 877 222-2802
The Baltimore Orioles announce that the Grammy Award-winning band “America” will headline the All-American Family Day & Concert festivities on Sunday, April 6, at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. Part of the Orioles’ “Arts in the Ballpark” event series and the Legacy of Valor campaign, the day of free, family-oriented activities will include a ceremony to honor veterans, a celebrity softball game and hands-on activities, and will be capped off with a special performance by “America.” The day’s events will begin at 12 p.m.

SoulRcoaster, Selby Gardens Spring Music Series
1:00 PM – Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota – (941) 366-5731
The Selby Gardens Spring Music Series is always a popular way to spend a Sunday afternoon in Sarasota. The musical style changes weekly and refreshments are available for sale. So grab a friend, folding chairs or lawn blankets and head down to the cool tranquility of the banyan grove.

Free Docent-led Tours of Sarasota Museum of Art/SMOA ARTmuse 2014 Project by Acclaimed Artist Lisa Hoke
1:30 PM – Sarasota Museum of Art / SMOA, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – (941) 309-7662
The public is invited to view Lisa Hoke’s transformation of discarded cardboard packaging materials into a colorful, one-of-a-kind work of art inside SMOA’s future home at the historic Sarasota High School. SMOA is offering free docent-led tours of Hoke’s recently-completed installation on weekends, February 8 – April 20, 2014, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – The Players Theatre
2:00 PM – The Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – (941) 365-2494
This rollicking musical is based on the popular 1988 film about two smooth talking con men swindling wealthy women in the south of France. A hilarious battle of cons ensues that will keep audiences guessing to the very end! Single tickets $25 Adults, $12 children.

Sarasota Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Show
2:00 PM – Ken Thompson Park, City Island, Sarasota, FL, 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota – (941) 388-1666 The Ski-A-Rees perform free ski shows every Sunday at 2 p.m. during the fall and winter show seasons.

“Too Darn Hot,” Florida Studio Theatre Cabaret
2:00 PM & 7:30 PM – Florida Studio Theatre Court Cabaret, 1st and Cocoanut, Sarasota – (941) 366-9000 Cole Porter was known for his intelligent style of music and biting wit. Conjuring up images of elegant women dancing with tuxedo-clad men, this musical revue takes you back to the 1930s. Sophisticated, racy, smart and humorous, Porter’s songs make you realize you can laugh just a little, even at yourself, and in the next breath be swept away with romance.

La Musica Chamber Music Festival Concert 2
2:30 PM – Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave., Sarasota – 941 366-8450
Presenting program 2 in a five-concert series of the 2014 La Musica International Chamber Music Festival.

National Tartan Day – The First Brass
3:00 PM – Our Lady of Lourdes, 1301 Center Road, Venice – (941) 350-0271

Drum Circle, Siesta Key Beach
6:00 PM- Siesta Key Beach, 948 Beach Road, Siesta Key -
The community drum circle at Siesta Key Beach gathers every Sunday, about an hour before sunset, just south of the main beach pavilion, between lifeguard stands 3 and 4 on Siesta Public Beach. Just follow your ears. This is not a commercial event but local phenomenon that began spontaneously and now has a life of its own.

Kellie Rucker & Steve Arvey – Blue Rooster
6:30 PM – Blue Rooster, 1525 4th St., Sarasota – (941) 388-7539
Blues, rock, bluegrass, Americana music by master harmonica player Kellie Rucker and Sarasota’s own master guitarist Steve Arvey.

Mattison’s City Grille Live Music by Debbie Keeton Jazz Quartet
7:00 PM – Mattison’s City Grille, 1 North Lemon Avenue, Sarasota – (941) 330-0440
Live music by Debbie Keeton Jazz Quartet at Mattison’s City Grille on Sundays.

Sunsets in Joseph’s Coat, The Ringling
7:30 PM – John & Mable Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota -
Joseph’s Coat is a Skyspace created by internationally renowned artist, James Turrell. The permanent installation is a “gathering place” for contemplation, sustained experience and conversation. As you gaze up at the sky through the 24-foot square aperture in the ceiling, you are invited to contemplate light, perception and experience.

Sarasota Orchestra presents Beethoven’s Fifth
8:00 PM – Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – (941) 953-3434
Saturday, April 5, 2014 | 8:00 pm | $30 – $84 Sunday, April 6, 2014 | 2:30 pm | $30 – $70 Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 may be classical music’s number one all-time hit. A masterpiece of triumph, Beethoven’s “Fifth” has charmed audiences for centuries.

CONTINUING EVENTS & HAPPENINGS

MUSEUM • EXHIBITS • GALLERIES

Season of Sculpture, Bayfront Park
7:00 AM Daily until Fri May 30 2014 – Island Park / Bay Island Park, 1 Marina Plaza, Sarasota – (941) 928-4445 Sarasota’s Season of Sculpture presents Season VII’s Shared Ground: Eight Artists-Eighteen Installations. Season of Sculpture is a nonprofit group responsible for organizing and producing an International Invitational Exhibition of large-scale sculptures along Sarasota’s Bayfront. With enormous support from donors, corporate sponsors and grants, Season of Sculpture brings not only fine works of art to the community, but also opportunities to learn more about them.

11th Annual Embracing Our Differences Exhibit
7:00 AM Daily until Sun Jun 01 2014 – Island Park / Bay Island Park, 1 Marina Plaza, Sarasota – (941) 404-5710 Since 2004, Embracing Our Differences’ annual juried art exhibit has graced downtown Sarasota’s Bayfront with billboard-sized images created by artists, writers and students from around the world reflecting their interpretation of the message, “enriching lives through diversity.” Artwork and quotes from students from 10 schools in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties were chosen for the exhibit from an international field of over 6,000 entries. In all, entries from 20 area artists and 34 area-based quote writers were chosen.

11th Annual Embracing Our Differences Exhibit at the Bradenton Riverwalk
7:00 AM Daily until Sun Jun 01 2014 – Riverwalk Pavillion, 452 3rd Avenue West, Bradenton – (941) 404-5710 Since 2004, Embracing Our Differences’ annual juried art exhibit has graced downtown Sarasota’s Bayfront with billboard-sized images created by artists, writers and students from around the world reflecting their interpretation of the message, “enriching lives through diversity.” Artwork and quotes from students from 10 schools in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties were chosen for the exhibit from an international field of over 6,000 entries. In all, entries from 20 area artists and 34 area-based quote writers were chosen.

Highlights of New Acquisitions, The Ringling
10:00 AM Daily until Wed May 07 2014 – John & Mable Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota – This exhibition of new acquisitions highlights the recent growth of the Ringling’s collections, made possible through the generosity of the museum’s many supporters. The selection of works on display, ranging from contemporary glass to circus artifacts, gives a sense of the breadth of the collections, which have been enriched by more than 1,500 items in the last two years alone.

The Philip and Nancy Kotler Glass Collection, The Ringling
10:00 AM Daily until Sun Jun 29 2014 – John & Mable Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota – In 2012, collectors Nancy and Philip Kotler made a significant donation of studio glass to The Ringling. With this generous donation, The Ringling has embarked on a new collecting focus. While John Ringling purchased a small but important collection of Roman glass from the first century, The Ringling had not collected studio glass, glass, which is produced as a fine art medium.

R. Luke DuBois – Now, The Ringling
10:00 AM Daily until Sun May 04 2014 – The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota – (941) 359-5700 R. Luke DuBois—Now will be the first solo museum exhibition for an artist who defies categorization. Over the last decade, New York-based DuBois has produced a prodigious body of work ranging from musical composition and collaborative performance, to large-scale public installations, film, and generative computer works.

“Conserved” Exhibit, The Ringling
10:00 AM Daily until Tue Jun 03 2014 – The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota – (941) 359-5700 Featuring posters from the Tibbals Collection, this exhibition examines the life of a circus poster. The posters were printed and posted to announce the coming of the circus. Some posters had a second life after the circus left town.

“Picturing Japan” Exhibit, The Ringling
10:00 AM Daily until Sun Apr 06 2014 – John & Mable Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota – In the second half of the 19th century, Japan’s last years as an isolated preindustrial society were witnessed and documented by early photographers. Though works of art in their own right, their photographs were further enhanced by the selective addition of color, painted by Japanese artists who transformed the photos in the inspired tradition of woodblock prints. See this exhibition during regular Museum hours, 10 a.m.

“In the Streets: Photographing Urban Spaces,” The Ringling
10:00 AM Daily until Sun Jul 13 2014 – The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota – (941) 359-5700 “In the Streets: Photographing Urban Spaces” explores the many ways in which 20th century photographers responded to the rise of the modern metropolis. Photographs by Bernice Abbott document the rapid changes in the built environment, and works by Andreas Feininger and Walter Rosenblum track the social conditions of urbanity. Other notable human drama of the streets.

Plastics Unwrapped Exhibit, South Florida Museum
10:00 AM Weekly on Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, and Sat until Sat May 03 2014 – South Florida Museum, 201 10th Street West, Bradenton, Bradenton – (941) 746-4131
Before the 1950s, we hardly used plastics. How did they go from being rare to being everywhere? Plastics Unwrapped, a new exhibition at the South Florida Museum, explores how material culture was changed — rapidly and perhaps permanently — by plastics.

Photojournalist Steven Katzman This Miserable Kingdom
10:00 AM Weekly on Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, and Fri until Wed Apr 02 2014 – State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota Fine Art Gallery, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton – (941) 752-5225
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Fine Art Gallery features the exhibit, “This Miserable Kingdom,” Steven Katzman’s photographic survey documenting the people of the Pojoaque Pueblo in New Mexico, January 31-April 2, 2014. “I am one of the few white men who have been allowed to document life on the Pojoaque reservation since Edward S. Curtis spent time there in 1905,” says Katzman, explaining that his project was approved by the Pojoaque Tribal Council.

Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica – Selby Gardens
10:00 AM Daily until Fri Apr 18 2014 – Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota – 941 366-5731×239 Selby Gardens’ celebrates 10 years of cultural heritage with the opening of the enormously popular Rainforest Mask Exhibit. A preview reception will be held Thursday, March 6 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Visitors to Selby Gardens’ Museum of Botany & the Arts will marvel at the newest collection of hand carved masks from talented Costa Rican craftsmen – and can even take them home!

Revelations On The World As It Is: Adriane Colburn and Christina Seely
10:00 AM Daily until Sat Apr 05 2014 – Selby Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Design, 2700 N. Tamiami Trial, Sarasota – (941) 359-7563 Revelations On The World As It Is: Adriane Colburn and Christina Seely Selby Gallery I and II: Artists Adriane Colburn and Christina Seely each travel throughout the world and record their findings on the changing global environment through installations, digital films and photographs.

Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art presents “Janos Enyedi: Images of Industry
4/04/2014 11:00 AM Weekly on Tues, Wed, Thur, Fri, and Sat until Sat May 10 2014 – Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, 1288 N. Palm Ave, Sarasota – (941) 366-2454Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art gallery presents “Janos Enyedi: Images of Industry,” April 4-May 10. This exhibit showcases Janos Enyedi’s wide-ranging work, including three-dimensional paintings, digital mixed-media, sculpture and photographs.

Rediscovering David Budd: The Forgotten Abstract Expressionist
4/05/2014 12:00 PM Daily until Sun Apr 13 2014 – IceHouse , 1314 10th Street , Sarasota – (941) 364-5903 David Budd studied at the Ringling School of Art and Design in the late 1940’s. He soon moved to New York City where he spent his nights at the Cedar Tavern, drinking and arguing with Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline and William de Kooning, and his days becoming an abstract expressionist painter; A very successful one.

Digging Up Discoveries Fossil Exhibit
10:00 AM Weekly on Mon, Tues, and Wed until Wed Jun 04 2014  – Venice Museum and Archives, 351 Nassau St. S, Venice – (941) 486-2487 The Venice Museum and Archives is shining a spotlight on this area’s amazing ancient creatures, from both land and sea in its newest exhibit Digging Up Discoveries: Southwest Florida Fossils. The exhibit is part of the museum’s “Community Curators” series in which area organizations are invited to work with the museum to create an exhibit. Digging Up Discoveries features more than 350 fossils collected by members of the Manasota Fossil Club and Southwest Florida Fossil Society.

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