Arts on the Horizon!

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Complied by Jaye Clements Hall and Oates

Sarasota is the Florida "Cultural Coast" for many reasons… SRQ offers a collection of performing arts including a ballet, performing arts halls, theaters, operas, orchestras and a variety of galleries, art centers, and many music & art festivals.  We boast many outdoor art exhibitions, some include beautiful gardens. Many parks, including our Bayfront are dotted with amazing works.  If you have a few extra days to spend fill it with some of our Arts! Here are a few highlights for December…

December 1 at 10:30am – Collecting Recollections: William "Bill" Taggart, Circus Historian at the Ringling Museum.

December 2 at 8pm – Hall & Oates at the Van Wezel – Hall of Famers and number 1 Duo in music history coming to Sarasota.

December 3 from 6pm to 8 – Wine, Dine & Pine at Selby Gardens.

December 3 at 8pm – Kenny G an Award-winning saxophonist, at the Van Wezel

December 3 from 5pm to 8 – Downtown Christmas Walk in Venice

December 3 from 5:30 to 9 – Holiday Splendor at the Ringling Museum – bring an unwrapped toy to benefit Toys for Tots! Gelato

Dec 3, 10, 17 from 5pm to 8 – Holiday Nights at Ca' d'Zan at the Ringling Museum

December 4 at 7:30 Downtown Abbey at the Sarasota Opera House – free preview screening of the first hour of Downton Abbey Season 6, with special guest Alastair Bruce, host of The Manners of Downton Abbey.  An award-winning hit drama returns for a sixth and final season of interlaced stories centered on an English country estate.

December 4 – Holly Holiday Party Dec 4 5 to 8pm T Spanish Point – every Thursday & Friday they will be open until 8pm for lights, decorations and music.

December 4 from 6pm to 9pm – Yesterdayze perform for Music on Main! Free concert at Lakewood Ranch. Estrin

December 5, The Bradenton Blues Festival takes place at Riverwalk by the Manatee River in Bradenton. The Line up:

11am to 11:40 – Girls with Guitars

11:55am to 12:55 – Super Chilkan and the Fighting Cocks

1:10pm to 2:10 – Larry Garner

2:25pm to 3:25 – Mike Zito and The Wheel

3:40pm to 4:40 – Joanna Connor

4:55pm to 6:05 – Rick Estrin and the Nightcats

6:20pm to 7:35 – Janiva MagnessIn Laymans Terms

In between Acts – In Laymen Terms

December 5 & 6 – Circus Art Classes open to Adult & ages 16 & up… Silks – beginner – $20/class & FLYING TRAPEZE – open level… beginners welcome – open $40/class. Acrobatics, Jugging, wire walking are among the ongoing classes, with varying levels. Call for more information or view online.

Circus Arts Classes, Call (941) 556-5486. SAILOR CIRCUS ARENA located at 2075 Bahia Vista Street Sarasota, FL 34239

December 5 & 6 – Quartetto Gelato “Exotic Flavors” at the Historic Asolo Theatre  – presented by the Artist Series Concerts.

December 10 at 8pm – Women of Ireland – Celtic Angels – Christmas themes with a Celtic twist.

December 11 & 20 from 7pm to 9 – Free Friday Night Concert in Venice at the Gazebo! Lady Katt & The Howlin' Doggs… Magness

December 20 at 7:30 – Holiday Brass and Voices at the Asolo.

Dec 26 to 29 – Sailor Circus Holiday Celebration – Sailor Circus Arena.

December 18 & 19 – Sarasota Ballet presents John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker at the Van Wezel.

December 18 to 30 from 6pm to 9 – Lights in Bloom at Selby.

December 23 at 7:30 – Charles Dickens – A Christmas Card at the Van Wezel.

Dec 28 – Moscow Ballet: Great Russian Nutcracker at the Van Wezel.

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