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Sarasota Arts & Entertainment   Leave a comment

            A complete list of Performances & Cultural Events for the 2012-2013 Season

Ringling Museum’s International Arts Festival http://www.ringlingartsfestival.org/2012/

October 10-13 the museum grounds come alive with the artistry of New York’s Baryshnikov Arts Center. The format includes dance, music and theater as well as film. More details: http://www.bradenton.com/2012/05/06/4026320/the-2012-ringling-international.html

Sarasota Ballethttp://sarasotaballet.org/

The ballet season begins October 26th with the Paul Taylor Dance Company performing through the 28th.  Other performances are scheduled throughout season and into the first week of May.

Sarasota Orchestra http://www.sarasotaorchestra.org/concertsandtickets.cfm

Enjoy innovative formats and traditional concerts, exceptional music by the great masters, all-time favorites and dynamic guest conductors. Performances are scheduled from September through May.

Asolo Repertory Theater http://asolorep.org/

November 16th the Asolo opens with the play “1776”. Ben Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were major figures addressing the formative years of U.S. history. Performances continue through December 22.

Regional Theater & Performance Schedules –                                     

                    http://www.sarasota-florida.org/performing-arts/

Van Wezel  http://www.vanwezel.org/

A broad spectrum of the world’s finest artists ranging from music and dance to theater and comedy are featured throughout the year.

Sarasota Season of Sculpturehttp://sarasotaseasonofsculpture.org/

Two dozen large-scale sculptures from artists throughout the world are featured along the U.S. 41 (Bayfront Drive) portion of Sarasota’s Centennial Park. Installations are viewable from the first week in November through May.

Sarasota Chalk Festivalhttp://www.chalkfestival.com/

Sarasota’s Chalk Festival is the first in the U.S. attracting International street artists demonstrating three dimensional illusions that pop from the pavement.
November 6th is the kick-off for a week-long street painting event on South Pineapple Avenue in the historic area known as Burns Square.

Bradenton Blues Festivalhttp://www.bradentonbluesfestival.org/

Renowned Blues artists Ruthie Foster, Kenny Neal and Dave “Biscuit” Miller will be belting tunes along Bradenton’s Manatee Riverwalk, Saturday December 1st.

Perlman Winter Residency – http://www.perlmanmusicprogramsuncoast.org/Pages/157/Winter-Residency/ A two-week program of musical training & FREE performances at USF and the Sarasota Opera House for gifted students with concert violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman.

Sculpture/Botanical Gardens – http://www.sarasota-florida.org/botanical/

A complete list with links and descriptions of Sculpture & Botanical Gardens throughout Sarasota, Tampa, Orlando, Naples and central Florida.

Sarasota’s Selby Gardens offer an impressive collection of  bromeliads and orchids yet others to consider would be Bok Tower Botanical gardens as well as the Polasek Sculpture Gardens.

Museums – http://www.sarasota-florida.org/museums/ Plan a visit to Sarasota’s Ringling Museum, Skyspace by James Turrell, Circus Museum and the Ca d’Zan, Ringling’s home on the bay. Spend a day in St. Petersburg at the Salvador Dali Museum and Morean Art Center with works of glass by Dale Chihuly, then head to the Hot Shop and observe the art of glass blowing.

Check-out our impressive collection of central and south Florida museums.

 

ENJOY!

         

 

Posted August 29, 2012 by aj4srq in Uncategorized

Protected: Sarasota’s Island Beach bars and Fabulous Sunset Haunts   Leave a comment

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Take a look at some great options, from Anna Maria Island to Manasota Key.  Many are right on the beach while others seek views from windows and rooftops.  Many entertain with reggae or Jimmy Buffett vibes while others low key it with  piano and jazz.

Anna Maria Island

Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. 778-0444; groupersandwich.com.  Right on the beach with live entertainment

BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. 779-2222; groupersandwich.com.   Right on the beach with live entertainment

Gulf Drive Café, 900 Gulf Drive N. Bradenton Beach.  941-778-1919; gulfdrivetiki.com Right on the beach with live entertainment

Rod & Reel Pier and Restaurant, 875 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria. 778-1885. View from the restaurant and Pier

Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive South Bradenton Beach.  941-782-1122; bridgestreetbistroonline.com (more upscale)  View from the restaurant and balcony

Beach Bistro, 6600 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.  941-778-6444; beachbistro.com/ (moreupscale)

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Posted August 20, 2012 by aj4srq in Uncategorized

Sarasota’s Island Beach bars and Fabulous Sunset Haunts   Leave a comment

Take a look at some great options, from Anna Maria Island to Manasota Key.  Many are right on the beach while others seek views from windows and rooftops.  Many entertain with reggae or Jimmy Buffett vibes while others low key it with  piano and jazz.

Anna Maria Island

Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. 778-0444; groupersandwich.com.  Right on the beach with live entertainment

BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. 779-2222; groupersandwich.com.   Right on the beach with live entertainment

Gulf Drive Café, 900 Gulf Drive N. Bradenton Beach.  941-778-1919; gulfdrivetiki.com Right on the beach with live entertainment

Rod & Reel Pier and Restaurant, 875 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria. 778-1885. View from the restaurant and Pier

Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive South Bradenton Beach.  941-782-1122; bridgestreetbistroonline.com (more upscale)  View from the restaurant and balcony

Beach Bistro, 6600 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.  941-778-6444; beachbistro.com/ (moreupscale)
Window views on the beach

Bradenton

Cortez Kitchen, 4528 119th St. W. 798-9404; thecortezkitchen.com.  Views from the restaurant deck with live entertainment

Pier 22, 1200 First Ave West. 941-748-8087; pier22dining.com.   Views from the patio and restaurant with live entertainment

Tarpon Point Grill, 801 Riverside Drive. 941-746-8700; tarponpointgrill.com. Tiki bars on the Manatee River with live entertainment nightly.

Longboat Key

The Chart House, 201 Gulf of Mexico Drive. 383-5593; chart-house.com (more upscale)  Views from the restaurant

 Lido Key

Ritz Carlton Tiki Bar on Lido Beach, 1234 Ben Franklin Drive. 941-309-2000.  Park cars at  190 Taft Drive, at Taft Park. Walk south of the Ritz Carlton entrance to access the beach walkway.  Open noon till sunset with live weekend entertainment. ritzcarlton.com

Lido Beach Resort Tiki Bar, 700 Ben Franklin Drive. 941-388-3175  Right on the beach

Lido Beach Resort’s Lido Beach Grill, 700 Ben Franklin Drive.  941-388-2161 (more upscale)  On the hotel’s eighth floor overlooking Lido Beach, Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island with nightly entertainment

Old Salty Dog, 1601 Ken Thompson Parkway. 388-4311; theoldsaltydog.com    Views from their patio deck

 Sarasota

Boatyard Waterfront Bar and Grill, 1500 Stickney Point Road. 921-6200; boatyardwaterfrontgrill.com.    Views from the restaurant with live entertainment

O’Leary’s Tiki Bar and Grill, 5 Bayfront Drive. 953-7505; olearystikibar.com.     Right on the bay with live entertainment

Marina Jack, 2 Marina Plaza. 365-4232; marinajacks.com.(more upscale)   Views from patio and restaurant with live entertainment

Ritz Carlton Bay View Burger Bar, 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive. 941-309-2000; ritzcarlton.com  (more upscale)    Partial views from the patio

Ceviche’s Loco Luna Rooftop Bar, 1216 1st Street. 941-952-1036; ceviche.com/ (more upscale)   Rooftop views with live entertainment

Pop’s Sunset Grill, 112 Circuit Road | Nokomis. (941) 488-3177; popssunsetgrilltogo.com  Partial views from deck and restaurant on Inter-coastal waterway with live entertainment

Osprey

Spanish Pointe Pub, 135 Bayview Drive. (941) 966-5746; spanishpointe.com A great Tiki Bar with waterfront views of Little Sarasota Bay and the north end of Casey Key.  Live entertainment rotates nightly.      

 Casey Key

Casey Key Fish House, 801 Blackburn Point, Osprey. 941-966-1901; caseykeyfishhouse.com/   Views from tiki bar and restaurant with live entertainment

Venice Island

Sharky’s on the Pier, 1600 Harbor Drive S. 488-1456; sharkysonthepier.com.    Right on the beach with live entertainment

Crow’s Nest Marina Restaurant, 1968 Tarpon Center Dr. 941-484-9551; crowsnest-venice.com (more upscale)  Partial views from the restaurant with live entertainment

 Manasota Key

Lock and Key, 2045 N Beach Rd. 941-474-1517; lockandkeyrestaurant.com Partial views from the restaurant and bar

Gulf View Grill,  2095 North Beach Road. 941.475.3500; thegulfviewgrill.com/ (more upscale)   Elevated views from the restaurant with live entertainment

Englewood

Howard’s on the Water, 1400 Aqua View Lane with views of Lemon Bay

Stump Pass Grill, 260 Maryland Ave. –  Large Tiki Bar overlooking Lemon Bay

Zeke’s Bayside Bar & Grill, 779 West Wentworth – Great sunset views with entertainment five nights a week.

Posted August 20, 2012 by aj4srq in Uncategorized