Arts on the Horizon

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SRQ…Our “not so” sleepy little town! Quite a line-up on the horizon!
by Jaye Clements


May 1st “Buskers & Art Walk” 6pm on St. Armands Circle 388-1554. (free)


May 1st to the 18th  The Art Center is hosting the annual exhibition of Sarasota students. The Center will exhibit local talent from floor to ceiling with artwork from K-12 students. The Art Center has been hosting exhibitions like this for over fifty years. (free)


May 2nd , 9th , 16th , 23rd  “Art After 5” John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art.  May 16th Ringling features The Lauren Mitchell Band. Admission $10.   art after 5


May 2nd – 19th at 7:30 – Fiddler on the Roof


May 2nd, 3rd & 4th The Jazz Fest held at the Booker VPA Center – 7:30pm. May 15th Band Concert, May 27th Classical Music & May 30th Jazz.  355-2967. 


May 3rd – 6pm First Friday Art Walk on Palm Ave. Matthew Frost will be performing from 6 to 9pm. (free) 


May 3rd – Music on Main St. Lakewood Ranch 6 to 9pm. (free) 


May 3rd & 4th “Theatre of Dreams” Sarasota Ballet 8pm – FSU Center for Performing Arts.


MayCinco De Mayo 4th – The 2nd Annual Cinco de Mayo and Taste of Latin America event held Saturday, on Lemon Avenue & Main Street in downtown Sarasota from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. The evening will be filled with Latin rhythms, dancing, great food, mariachis, and a salsa band with ongoing entertainment throughout the night!

May 4th – Village of the Arts Bradenton “Art Walk” held the first Saturday of every month 11 to 4pm.

May 4th & 5th – 7:30 to 9pm – Camille Zamora, soprano, and Lydia Brown, piano – Artist Series Concert – 359-5700. Historic Asolo Theatre.

May 5, 11, 13, Sarasota Festival of New Plays at Florida Studio Theatre.  The Young Playwrights Festival introduces young playwright enthusiasts to our community.  The Festival will announce the winning plays on May 11th at the Young Playwrights award ceremony. Over 3,000 plays were received.  FST provides an opportunity for young writers to create plays and be recognized for their achievements.  The FST’s Education Program teaches children to enjoy writing plays with innovative classes, workshops, and tours. The program began in 1982 with only 11 students. It now reaches thousands of students throughout our area.  The kids get to see their work performed by the FST.  Shows run through May 24th.  For times call 366-9000.  The FST’s annual Richard and Betty Burdick New Play Reading Series will present three new plays by contemporary American playwrights. The series will take place in the Keating Theatre on May 6th at 7:00pm, and May 13th at 7:00pm, it is part of Sarasota Festival of New Plays.  Visit


May 5th – 1pm Spring Music Series – Latin Rendezvous. Spring is in the air and the flowers are in bloom! On Sundays until May 12th at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.  Enjoy the sounds of soothing music under the Banyan trees.  May 12th features Jennifer Leigh and Her New Digs. Tickets $17. Ph. 366-5731.  


Embracing our Differences runs throughout May to June 2nd. This is an outdoor art exhibit on Bayfront Park (Island Park).  Embracing Our Differences artfully displays billboard size images created by local, national and international artists.  The presentation reflects the artists’ interpretations of the theme "enriching lives through diversity.  The sidewalk along the Bayfront also has many sculptures, created by talented artists.  Take a moment to pose for a photo at the base of the Surrender Statue!

May 6, 13, 20, 7pm Monday Night Movies at Ringling Museum. 359-5700.


May 8 – 7:30pm Crosby Stills and Nash at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. 953-3368.


May 9 Chamber Series Sarasota Orchestra 5:30 at Holley Hall. 953-3434.


May 9, 16, and 23 from 6 – 8pm. A lecture series from Kevin Costello every Thursday titled “The Painter’s Lens” Focused on how photography and painting have influenced each other.  The Art Center, $8.

May 11, 18, 25 at 10 am, near State of the Arts Gallery – “Meet the Makers” 955-2787.


May 11 Innovative Series – Revolution Sarasota Orchestra at Sarasota Opera House. 953-3434.


May 11, 12 Operetta’s Golden Favorites Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota 2pm & 7:30pm at Historic Asolo. 306-1200.  

May 12, 2013: Enjoy the last show of the season of Sarasota's own Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team and their Sunday afternski teamoon show at 2 p.m. This free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (behind Mote Marine Aquarium) Ph. 388-1666

May 17 – Third Friday “Art Walk” at Towles Court Artist Colony 6pm (free)


May 17th, 18th , 24th , 25th.  Rhapsody, Rhythm and Romance for an evening of intimate music by internationally recognized local jazz ensemble, Jazz Juvenocracy… Highlighted with movement, performed by Fuzion Dance Artists 8pm at the Glenridge Performing Arts Center.  Ticket $25 call 552-5325.

May 27th – 5pm.  Sarasota Concert Band – Memorial Day Tribute to the Troops! "Youth in Service" is an outdoor concert, at Phillippi Estate Park, $5. memorial day concert


May 30th – 5pm at the Art Center Sarasota.  Free exhibitions: The Leaf and The Textile and more… This is a community project directed by Jackie Peters-Cully.  It is an opportunity for the public to participate in creating art.  There is a class May 6th and May 11th, from 1 to 4pm at the Art Center.  You will have the opportunity to design an artistic leaf that will be included in the display and your name will be credited on the wall.  The gallery will be filled with strands of colorful falling leaves.  Visit to find out more about art classes and workshops.


Longboat Key Center for the Arts is celebrating 60 years of imagination, creativity and culture on Longboat Key.  383-2345.

May 1 – 31st “Journey in Fine Art Photography” with Jim Johnson.  Also on display in the Durante Gallery “The Inspiring Image”.  Nine faculty members from Ringling College Department of Photography will display their work.  Open Tuesday through Friday, 11am to 5pm.  The LBK center for the arts is a division of Ringling College of Art & Design.

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