Top 10 artistic events in Sarasota-Manatee: October 14 to 20



Thanks for the music

“Mamma Mia! ” Here we go again. The Manatee Performing Arts Center presents the hit musical that uses songs from ABBA to tell the story of a wedding on a Greek island and a young bride trying to figure out which of the three possible men could be her biological father. Production Artistic Director Rick Kerby is directing the production, which opens tonight and runs through October 31. Lauren Butterfield, last seen as Sister Mary Amnesia last season in “Nunsense,” returns to play Donna, who once led an all-female vocal group. , but now runs an inn where she prepares the wedding of her daughter, Sophie (played by Kacey Watts). Dave Springer, Mike Nolan and Mark Netherly play three former boyfriends in Donna’s life. MariAnne Hernandez and Suzanne Mattes play Donna’s former band mates. Performances take place at Stone Hall in the Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave., West, Bradenton. Tickets are $ 30 to $ 41. All customers must wear masks inside the building. 941-748-5875;

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Dancer Sea Lee is choreographing a new piece for the season opener of Sarasota Contemporary Dance.

Find new dance “Voices”

Contemporary dance from Sarasota launches its Sweet 16 season by highlighting the work of emerging choreographers with its annual “Voices” program. It also marks the return of full performances, live and in person at the Cook Theater at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. The “Voices” program features work that was developed, in part, during the company’s intensive summer program. Guest artist Justice Rodriguez creates a piece called “tu me quieres? No, yo te amo. (“Do you love me? No, I love you.”). Two members of the SCD company also create new dances. Jessica Obiedzinski presents “Bird Girl” and Sea Lee develops “This is not the punchline”. The plays launch a season of four programs with original works. In addition to live performances, the company will offer a few digital streaming options. SCD also follows the #SafeArtsSarasota security protocols. Tickets are $ 10 to $ 45. For more information: 941-260-8485;

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FABI World Music performs at the Sarasota Art Museum

Take a tour of the Sarasota Art Museum

A party initially planned for August finally takes place at Sarasota Art Museum. SPIN is designed to encourage people to experience the contemporary sound genre through musical notes, movement and engagement. And the road to that exploration is the acoustic trio FABI World Music, which focuses on the grooves of the world. The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today in the plaza in front of the museum entrance, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Inside the museum, you can discover the latest show, “David Budd: Motion into Stillness”. The exhibition, which runs until March 22, features works by the late artist presented together for the first time. You still have a few weeks to see “Art and race matter: the career of Robert Colescott”, which ends October 31 and “Charles McGill: In the Rough”. For more information: 941-309-4300;

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Marlene Shyer is the author of “Window Washer,” one of four new one-act plays premiering on Theater Odyssey.

A weekend of new work

It has been a long time since the Odyssée Theater has been able to present new works to an audience, but it is back on stage this weekend for its One-act coin festival 2021. Four new plays will be presented at the Bradenton Kiwanis Studio Theater at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave., West, Bradenton. The pieces are “Census” by Susan Miller; “Me Talking 2 Me” by Shoshanna Boray; “That Kiss” by DC Cathro and “Window Washer” by Marlene Shyer. Playwrights can be from outside the Sarasota area, but the actors and directors are all local artists. Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets cost $ 26. For more information:

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Last chances on stage

It’s a weekend of last chances for several shows in the region which end their tours on Sunday. SaraSolo’s Fall Festival of Individual Performances continues at Tree Fort Productions, inside the Crossings at Siesta Key Mall, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. There are four shows offered live and in person, twice a day at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets cost $ 22 or $ 10 for students and veterans. The Players Center is in the final days of its seasonal opening production of the musical “[title of show]” about two guys writing a new musical to enter a theater festival competition. It runs through Sunday at the Sarasota Art Center, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 941-365-2494; The two theaters follow the #SafeArtsSarasota COVID protocols requiring negative tests or proof of vaccine, and all customers must wear masks. These are also the final days of Christopher Durang’s comedy-drama “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” at the Charlotte Players Langdon Playhouse, 1182 Market Circle, Port Charlotte. It’s a comedic twist on Chekhov involving three adult siblings coming to terms with their lives. For ticket information: 941-255-1022;

Jonathan Gentry is oboist of the Sarasota Orchestra.

Artist Series doubles the reeds

A bassoonist and oboist from the Sarasota Orchestra come together for a living room … and the result is “Double Reeds Unite”, a program presented by Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota. The program, which will be presented Sunday at 3 p.m. and Monday at 7 p.m. at the Fischer-Weisenborne Residence, will feature oboist Jonathan Gentry and principal bassoon Fernando Traba, accompanied by pianist Joseph Holt. Their program includes a “Concert Fantasy on Semiramide by Rossini” by Charles Louis Triébert, the Trio for piano, oboe and bassoon by Poulenc and “The Wildflower Trio” by Jenni Brandon, who composed it in homage to the late First Lady Lady. Bird Johnson. Tickets are $ 54 and include post-performance refreshments. The artist series follows #SafeArtsSarasota security protocols. For tickets and more information: 941-306-1202;

A cover illustration by Ringling College graduate Mike Zeck on display in a new exhibit at the college's Stulberg Gallery.

Put the ‘Pow’ in illustration

Illustrator Mike Zeck was at the forefront of an evolution from comic book design to sophisticated realism. The Ringling College graduate has become well known for his work illustrating horror stories from Charlton Comics and for Marvel and DC. Ringling College of Art and Design presents some of his illustrations in the exhibition “Ugh! The comic art of Mike Zeck from the Costas collection. It opens on Monday and runs until March 25. The exhibition includes over 60 original illustrations of the artist’s most iconic stories and covers. It is held in the Stulberg Gallery inside the Basch Visual Arts Center on the university campus at 1188 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Sarasota. The hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. From Monday to Friday. For more information:

Dancer and choreographer Jules Downum runs a movement workshop at the Hermitage Artist Retreat.

Language of words and movement

For many Hermitage Artist Retreat programs, guests sit and listen to creative people talk about their work. But Friday at 6 p.m., customers will take an active part in “Body Language: An Exploration of Movement and Poetry”. Dancer, choreographer and producer Jules Downum will lead a Dance 101 workshop on the large lawn of the Hermitage. She will guide guests through a movement language lesson and some basic footwork. Bilingual poet and Guggenheim member Pedro Serrano will use a different kind of language as he shares works in English and Spanish. The event will take place at The Hermitage, 6660 Manasota Key Rd., Englewood. Events are free with a $ 5 registration fee. For more information:

Pianist Donald Bryn and flutist Jane Hoffmann perform Broadway favorites and light classical music for the Sarasota Music Club.

A new season for the Sarasota Music Club

The Sarasota Music Club kicks off a new season of professional artist programming at 10:30 a.m. Friday with flautist Jane Hoffmann and pianist Donald Bryn performing a selection of Broadway show tunes as well as classical repertoire. Performances take place in the Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian Church, 2050 Oak St., Sarasota. The duo are launching a season which also includes the Afternoon Delight Quartet (November 19) and Julia Dadekia and Constance Bulawka performing “Ensemble pour les vacances” on December 15. The performances are free and open to the public. Masks are mandatory. For more information: 941-925-3602;

Kirk Ke Wang's work is featured in the “Human Skins” exhibition at Art Center Sarasota.

A Touch of “Flare” at Art Center Sarasota

Sarasota Art Center opens three new exhibitions today, with an opening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. “Flare” is built around the multimedia work in textile design, photography, installation and video of Sibel Kocabasi, who divides her time between her native Turkey and southwest Florida. She addresses contemporary social concerns, including the environment in her work. “Human Skins” features large scale and mixed paintings by Kirk Ke Wang, who explores issues related to the endangered environment and migration. And there’s a jury exhibit, “Sarasota Architectural Photography,” featuring images taken in the city of Sarasota. Jurors are award-winning architects Carl Abbott, member of the Sarasota School of Architecture and photographer Noelle McCleaf. 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 941-365-2032;

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