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Jay Leno's next stop: Sarasota

The longtime “Tonight Show” host steps down Thursday, then steps onto the stage of the Van Wezel Friday night.
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Vague de Cirque final weekend

In a special boutique-style tent at Westfield Sarasota Square, Circus Sarasota launches a new season of presenting different companies with the American debut of Vague… Read more »

Comedy 

Sarasota Improv Festival

two days of crazy situations and plenty of laughs…. Read more »

Drag Queen Bingo finds a temporary home

The Golden Apple Dinner Theatre may have closed, but Drag Queen Bingo carries on. The dinner theater that has produced the Friday staple reported Tuesday… Read more »

2012 Winter Arts Preview

Your ticket to theater, music and dance in the months ahead…. Read more »

FST's 'Next to Normal' opens this weekend

“No show on Broadway right now makes as direct a grab for the heart — or wrings it as thoroughly — as ‘Next to Normal’… Read more »

Venice Theatre's 'Radio Gals' opens

What do you do when you get a radio transmitter as a gift? Retired music teacher Hazel Hunt puts it to use, inviting some musical… Read more »

Music News 

Audra McDonald at Van Wezel on Sunday

The multi-talented singer will perform standards and works by new theater composers…. Read more »

PBS Fall Arts series crosses styles and the nation

Dance, music, theater and rock combine in Friday night programs…. Read more »

'Work of Art' puts visual arts in TV focus

Bravo’s “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist” returns for a second season on Wednesday night (at 9 p.m.) as the less-bitchy cousin of all… Read more »

Behind the Scenes: New book explores impact of 'West Side Story'

A new book gives you a greater appreciation of the classic musical “West Side Story.”… Read more »

Music 

Liza Minnelli cancels Van Wezel show

Academy Award-winning actress and stage star Liza Minnelli has canceled an upcoming tour and will not be performing as scheduled in Sarasota on Jan. 13… Read more »

The Bard gets a serious trim for production of 'Hamlet' aimed at school kids

Asolo Rep’s New Stage series trims Shakespeare’s epic drama down to 45 minutes for middle and high school students…. Read more »

REVIEW: 'Swim Club' offers a drop of comedy at Venice Theatre

It is easy to understand the growing popularity among theaters across the country for “The Dixie Swim Club,” a warm trifle of a comedy. It’s… Read more »

Music 

Sarasota singer gives concert toward Apollo performance

Alyssa White, a Sarasota singer who finished second in the Apollo Theatre’s Stars of Tomorrow competition earlier this year, has been invited back to perform… Read more »

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