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2012 Winter Arts Preview

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When the temperatures cool down, things heat up in the Sarasota area arts scene.

The arrival of seasonal residents and tourists means that every arts organization is at the peak of activity, with plays, concerts, exhibits, dance performances, opera and more available to keep you busy just about every day of the week.

Here's a look at some of the many performances scheduled in the weeks ahead.

ALREADY PLAYING

"Lobby Hero" — FSU/Asolo Conservatory students perform Kenneth Lonergan's play about an apartment building doorman dealing with ethical issues involving his boss and two police officers. Through Jan. 22. Cook Theatre, FSU Center. 351-8000; asolorep.org.

"Shake, Rattle and Roll" — Florida Studio Theatre Cabaret show looks at the origins of rock 'n' roll and the changing sound of music in the 1950s and early 1960s. 366-9000; floridastudiotheatre.org.

"Almost, Maine" — Area premiere of John Cariani's play of vignettes about love and loss in a remote Maine town. Venice Theatre Stage II. Through Jan. 22. Through Jan. 22. 488-1115; venicestage.com.

"Once in a Lifetime" — George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's 1930 comedy about how talking pictures changed Hollywood. Asolo Repertory Theatre. Through April 1. FSU Center for the Performing Arts. 351-8000; asolorep.org.

"Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" — A musical set in a 1950s Catskills resort and set to songs by Neil Sedaka. Through Feb. 26. Golden Apple Dinner Theatre. 366-5454; thegoldenapple.com

TODAY (Jan. 12)

Backstage at the Ballet with Johan Kobborg — The Danish dancer talks about his career in this Sarasota Ballet program at the Historic Asolo Theater. 7 p.m. 359.0099, Ext. 101; sarasotaballet.org.

"Step Afrika!" — A performance by the first professional company dedicated to the art of stepping. 8 p.m. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. 953-3368; vanwezel.org.

FRIDAY (Jan. 13)

"God of Carnage" — Yasmina Reza's hit play about what happens between two sets of parents after their children get into a playground fight. Through April 6. FSU Center for the Performing Arts. 351-8000; asolorep.org.

SATURDAY (Jan. 14)

Champions Gala Ballroom Dancesport Competition — A weekend of seminars, general dancing and competition. Hyatt Regency Sarasota. Through Jan. 15. 704-7613; championsgala.com.

JAN. 20

"Yentl" — A stage version of Isaac Bashevis Singer's story about a young woman who disguises herself as a boy so she can study the Torah. Through April 26. Asolo Repertory Theatre, FSU Center. 351-8000; asolorep.org.

"Love, Sex and the IRS" — Two unemployed musicians save on their taxes by claiming to be married until the IRS investigates in this comedy. Charlotte Players. Through Jan. 28. 255-1022; charlotteplayers.org.

JAN. 21

New Music/New College — Pianist Kathleen Supové continues her Exploding Piano Series. Sainer Pavilion, New College. 487-4888; newmusicnewcollege.org.

"Wicked Divas" — Sarasota Orchestra's Pops performs with several Broadway singers. 8 p.m. Van Wezel. 953-3434; sarasotaorchestra.org.

JAN. 22

Lee Roy Reams

"Legendary Broadway" — Broadway actor, dancer and director Lee Roy Reams presents a cabaret concert program. Artist Series of Sarasota. Historic Asolo Theater. Also Jan. 24. 360-7399; artistseries.net; ringling.org.

JAN. 23

Cleveland Orchestra — Conductor Franz Welser-Möst and pianist Yefim Bronfman are featured in a concert of works by Brahms, Smetana and Shostakovich. 8 p.m. Van Wezel. 953-3368; vanwezel.org.

JAN. 24

ABBA The Concert — A tribute concert to one of the most popular groups in history. 8 p.m. Van Wezel. 953-3368; vanwezel.org.

JAN. 25

"Next Fall" — Geoffrey Naufft's play the relationship between two gay men, one of whom is religious and the other an atheist. Through March 25. Florida Studio Theatre. 366-9000; floridastudiotheatre.org.

"A Raisin in the Sun" — Lorraine Hansberry's play about a black family trying to move into a white Chicago neighborhood in the 1950s Through Feb. 19. Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. 366-1505; wbttsrq.com.

"Damn Yankees" — The hit musical about a Washington Senators fan who sells his soul to the devil to help his team best the New York Yankees. 8 p.m. Van Wezel. 953-3368; vanwezel.org.

JAN. 27

Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks — Guest conductor Carl St. Clair and violinist Chloe Hanslip in a concert featuring works by Mendelssohn and Mahler. Neel Center/Van Wezel. 953-3434; sarasotaorchestra.org.

"Made in America" — Sarasota Ballet performs Balanchine's Donizetti Variations and a world premiere. Through Jan. 29. FSU Center. 359-0099, Ext. 101; sarasotaballet.org.

Michael Feinstein

JAN. 31

Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Project — The singer performs Frank Sinatra standards and undiscovered gems. 8 p.m. Van Wezel. 953-3368; vanwezel.org.

FEB. 2

A Classical Event — Sarasota Orchestra chamber program featuring works by Larsen, Fauré, McCarthy and Prokofiev. 5:30 p.m. Holley Hall. 953-3434; sarasotaorchestra.org.

Joshua Bell — The violinist performs with pianist Sam Haywood. 8 p.m. Van Wezel. 953-3368; vanwezel.org.

FEB. 3

"Altar Boyz" — The off-Broadway satirical musical about a boy band with a religious bent. Through March 4. Venice Theatre Cabaret. 488-1115; venicestage.com.

FEB. 4

"Clarinet Swing" — Andrew Lane leads the Sarasota Orchestra's Pops program with guest artist Dave Bennett saluting jazz clarinet legends. 8 p.m. Van Wezel. 953-3434; sarasotaorchestra.org.

FEB. 8

"Embraceable You" — Sarasota Orchestra Great Escapes concert focusing on love songs from Gershwin to the Beatles. Through Feb. 11. Holley Hall. 953-3434; sarasotaorchestra.org.

FEB. 9

Forever Tango — Anna Trubunskaya from "Dancing with the Stars" is a guest star in this tango dance hit. 8 p.m. Van Wezel. 953-3368; vanwezel.org.

A True Knight of the Ballet — A Backstage at the Ballet program about an upcoming Frederick Ashton program. Historic Asolo Theater. 359-0099, Ext. 101; sarasotaballet.org.

Bello Nock

"Bello Mania" — Circus Sarasota returns for another season under the big top with Bello Nock leading the showcase. Through Feb. 26. 355-9805; circussarasota.org.

"Cats" — Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit returns for another journey to the Heavyside Layer. Through Feb. 11. Van Wezel. 953-3368; vanwezel.org.

FEB. 11

"Carmen" — Sarasota Opera opens its season with Georges Bizet's tale of a tempestuous gypsy. Through March 24. 366-8450; sarasotaopera.org.

FEB. 12

"Once in a Generation" — 16-year-old violinist Chad Hoopes performs a program of Bach, Brahms and Tchaikovsky. Also Feb. 14. Artist Series of Sarasota. Historic Asolo Theater. 360-7399; artistseries.net.

FEB. 14

An Evening with Patti LuPone & Mandy Patinkin — The two musical theater stars reprise their recent Broadway two-person show with songs and stories. 8 p.m. Van Wezel. 953-3368; vanwezel.org.

"The Music Man" — A new production of the Meredith Willson musical about a con man and the librarian who changes his ways. Through March 11. Venice Theatre. 488-1115; venicestage.com.

FEB. 15

"Piano Classics" — Pianist Michael Baron performs in this Artist Series Coffee Series program. 10:30 a.m. Historic Asolo Theater. 360-7399; artistseries.net; ringling.org.

FEB. 16

Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks — A farewell salute to artistic director Leif Bjaland, who conducts his final concert with pianist Orion Weiss. Through Feb. 19. Neel Performing Arts Center/Van Wezel. 953-3434; sarasotaorchestra.org.

FEB. 16

"A Chorus Line" — The Players Theatre presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical about chorus dancers auditioning for jobs in a new musical. Through March 4. 365-2494; theplayers.org.

FEB. 17

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" — The Stephen Sondheim musical about a Roman slave trying to get his master a date. Charlotte Players. Through Feb. 25. 255-1022; charlotteplayers.org.

FEB. 18

"Lucia di Lammermoor" — Gaetano Donizetti's opera filled with political conflict, financial ruin and opera's most famous mad scene. Through March 23. Sarasota Opera. 366-8450; sarasotaopera.org.

FEB. 20

"Rhythm in the Night" — The Irish Dance Spectacular, started by two Sarasota-based dancers, presents a showcase before a tour. Van Wezel. 953-3368; vanwezel.org.

FEB. 21

Alvin Ailey — The renowned American dance troupe returns for another season. 8 p.m. Van Wezel. 953-3368; vanwezel.org.

"The Robbers" — Friederich Schiller's 18th-century play about power, class and revenge stirred by a broken heart. FSU/Asolo Conservatory. Through March 11. 351-8000; asolorep.org.

FEB. 23

"Aida" — The area premiere of the Elton John-Tim Rice musical inspired by the Verdi opera about the African princess and the captain of the Egyptian army. Through March 11. Manatee Players. 748-5875; manateeplayers.org.

FEB. 24

An Evening with Linda Eder and Tom Wopat — The two Broadway performers perform in a joint concert program. 8 p.m. Van Wezel. 953-3368; vanwezel.org.

"A Knight of the British Ballet" — A program of Sir Frederick Ashton ballets by Sarasota Ballet. FSU Center for the Performing Arts. 359-0099; sarasotaballet.org.

FEB. 26

Karl Jenkins in concert — A collaboration between Sarasota-Manatee Dance Alliance and Key Chorale. Sailor Circus Arena. 7:30 p.m. 355-5117; keychorale.org.

FEB. 27

Sarasota Ballet Gala — Annual gala performance. 6 p.m. FSU Center for the Performing Arts. 359-0099; sarasotaballet.org.

FEB. 28

"Disenchanted" — The Golden Apple Dinner Theatre reprises its fall hit that takes a humorous look at fairy tale princesses and what their lives are really like. Through March 25. Golden Apple. 366-5454; thegoldenapple.com.

"Swan Lake" — The full-length ballet set to Tchaikovsky's music presented by the Moscow Festival Ballet. 8 p.m. Van Wezel. 953-3368; vanwezel.org.

Last modified: January 12, 2012
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