Things to Do in Sarasota This Week

Editor’s note: In-person events are subject to change. Please check before venturing out.

Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

March 4-April 24

The long-awaited exhibit, a huge hit in other cities around the country, arrives in Sarasota Friday, with 300 artworks—both moving and still—a music score and the benefits of technology to add to Vincent’s original creations. You must purchase tickets for timed entry, at; the exhibit takes place at the Starry Night Pavilion at University Town Center, 195 University Town Center Drive.

The Mark Morris Dance Group

March 4-7

The Sarasota Ballet welcomes this guesting company, bringing six performances to the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. The program will feature three dances choreographed by Morris: Words, Jenn and Spencer and Gloria, and the dance troupe is accompanied by the MMDG Music Ensemble. For tickets, (941) 359-0099 or

Sarasota Opera: The Pearl Fishers

Opening March 5

The opera company continues its winter festival season with this third entry, Bizet’s work set in Ceylon. That’s where friends Nadir (Andrew Surrena) and Zurga (Kyle Oliver) have both fallen for the priestess Leila (Hannah Brammer). Those love triangles can lead to some beautiful arias. Onstage also March 8, 10, 13, 16 and 19. For tickets, call (941) 328-1300 or visit

Itzhak Perlman in Recital

March 8

The master violinist returns to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in recital, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, with pianist Rohan De Silva. Expect to hear works by Handel, Mozart and Bruch. For tickets, call (941) 263-6799 or go to

Sarasota Orchestra Pops

March 4 and 5

It’s time to open “The Envelope Please,” in concerts featuring songs from Tony and Oscar winners like My Fair Lady, West Side Story, Wicked and more, with vocalists Doug LaBrecque and Lisa Vroman joining conductor Chris Confessore on the Van Wezel stage. Learn more at, or call (941) 953-3434.

The Ringling: Metadata: Rethinking Photography from the 21st Century

March 5-Aug. 28

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art opens a new show looking at works from the past decade by an international selection of artists, and exploring what information lies behind the surface image. Check it out at

Little Satchmo

March 3

That’s the title of a documentary adapted from the memoir by Sarasota resident Sharon Preston-Folta, the only child of the late, great Louis Armstrong, whose existence was for many years a well-kept secret. Besides the screening, there will also be a Q&A with Preston-Folta and the film’s makers, and a chance to buy her book. At 7 p.m. tonight at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center. Find out more at

Maverick’s Rhythm & Rave

March 4

The campus of State College of Florida (5840 26th St. W., Bradenton) is the setting for this outdoor evening led by SCF mascot Maverick the Manatee. There’ll be food trucks, dancing and music by a Santana tribute band, plus a dunk booth, cornhole toss, and lots more. Free entry and parking. Check it out here.

Manatee Pride Festival

March 5

Also taking place in Manatee County is this seventh annual event, at the Bradenton Riverwalk Pavilion from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. It’s a fund raiser for Also Youth, a nonprofit community organization providing services and a supportive center for LGBTQ youth in Manatee and Sarasota. Artisans, live entertainment and food and drink all on tap.

Venice Theatre: The Last Five Years

March 4-April 3

VT’s Stage 2 series presents this Jason Robert Brown musical that tells the story of a couple (Jennifer Baker and Alexander Zickafoose), from beginning to end or end to beginning, depending on who’s singing. Get tickets by calling (941) 488-1115 or go to

Madeby Gallery: Ringling College Spring Student Show

Reception March 4; through March 19

Take a look at in advance to browse for purchases of original art, digital art prints and more by RCAD students; then call (941) 822-0442 to make arrangements to pick up your acquisitions. All campus galleries are open for viewing the evening of March 4 during an Art Walk, too.

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