LBP Tickets on Sale Now Tickets are on sale for Lemon Bay Playhouse’s 35th Season. Single show tickets for the 2022/2023 season will be $25. Also offered is a 4-Play Flex Pass which is available for $82 and gives the option to choose which four plays you want to attend. Please call the Box Office if you are interested or have questions at 941•475•6756. Check out lemonbayplayhouse.com for the season’s plays and more details. The first play of the season will be “Dead Man’s Cell Phone”, running September 7 through 25.
Hermitage Sunsets Stars Terry Guest
The Hermitage Artist Retreat’s popular series, “Hermitage Sunsets @ Selby Gardens”, continues with “The Latest from Terry Guest”, where playwright and Hermitage Fellow Terry Guest, “At the Wake of a Dead Drag Queen”, will share selections from and discuss one of his exciting new projects on Friday, August 19 at 6:30pm, behind the Payne Mansion at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus, 1534 Mound St., Sarasota. The outdoor series, a collaboration between the Hermitage and Selby Gardens, features performances and explorations of works-in-progress by Hermitage artists-in-residence and alumni. Registration is $5/person at www.HermitageArtistRetreat.org.
Local Ladies Social Network, Inc. will present an indoor Summer Bazaar on Saturday, August 20 at the George Mullen Center Gymnasium, 1602 Kramer Way, North Port. This fair will feature a variety of vendors, art, crafts, artisans, food, and more. Hours are 10am to 3pm. To learn more about the Local Ladies Social Network, visit www.llsnevents.com.
The Tales Granny Will Never Tell
“Assisted Living: The Musical – The Tales Granny Will Never Tell” will be performed by its authors Rick Compton and Betsy Bennet on Sunday, August 21 at 3pm at the Venice Performing Arts Center, One Indian Avenue, Venice. The show promises “The Tales Granny Will Never Tell” and it delivers. In the opening scene, a newly departed couple discover their son has pulled their plugs to get his dad’s vintage corvette. The couple doesn’t mind. The show romps through the “best years of their lives” at Pelican Roost, an active senior living community, where 70-something is the new 20-something, only with looser skin. Tickets are $35 to $50 and may be purchased online at www.veniceperformingartscenter.com or call 941•218•0627.
LBP Dual Auditions
Calling all aspiring actors and actresses! Lemon Bay Playhouse will be holding dual auditions for two of their upcoming plays: “You Know I Can’t Hear You When the Water is Running” and “Sleeping Indoors”. The auditions will be Sunday & Monday, August 28 & 29 at 7pm at the Playhouse located at 96 W. Dearborn Street. Sides are available online, no monologue needed. Go to www.lemonbayplayhouse.com to learn more.
Party With The Tams
Party on the Plaza is returning to CoolToday Park on Saturday, September 10. Music will be provided by “The Tams”, who have been entertaining audiences for over 50 years with a style of music classified as a mixture of Smooth Soul and Rhythm & Blues. Gates open at 5pm with music at 7pm. Individual tickets are $12 with a VIP package for $100, which includes four tickets and four beverages (soda, beer, or wine), and a reserved space near the stage. Learn more and purchase tickets at www.cooltodaypark.com or call the box office at 941•413•5004. CoolToday Park is located at 18800 S. West Villages Pkwy, Venice.
Open Studio Garden Party
The public is invited to the weekly Tuesday evening Garden Party at The Open Studio, 380 Old Englewood Road. Enjoy local musicians performing during Open Mic. The party is family & pet friendly and is held outdoors under the shade of the bamboo & banana trees from 5 to 8pm. Bring your own refreshments and chairs. For more information, message them through The Open Studio Facebook page. Venice Theatre 2022/23 Concerts Venice Theatre has announced ticket sales are now open for the Annual Concert Series. The line-up includes old favorites, encores from the most popular new acts of last season, and some brand-new performers who will knock your socks off. Go to www.venicetheatre.org to browse the complete season line-up and order your tickets now. Venice Theatre is located at 140 Tampa Avenue West, Venice.
EnSRQ 2022/23 Season
EnsembleNewSRQ, the innovative chamber music ensemble, is celebrating its seventh season with contemporary masterworks, compelling new compositions, exciting collaborations, and world premieres. Violinist Samantha Bennett and percussionist George Nickson, the group’s founders and co-artistic directors, have curated a six-program season that shines a light on the evolution of contemporary music in the 21st century. Highlights include tributes to George Crumb and Louis Andriessen; a concert highlighting Indigenous composers; world premieres of newly commissioned works by Mark-Anthony Turnage and the American percussionist/composer Shaun Tilburg; and a collaboration with Sarasota Contemporary Dance. This season concludes with a first-ever concert at the Sarasota Opera House featuring 40 musicians. Season subscriptions for five concerts are available now for $115. For more information on ticket packages and single tickets, including student ticket pricing, visit www.ensrq.org.