What to do in Sarasota this weekend: September 16-22

Opera theater


Editor’s Note: In-person events are subject to change. Please check before you venture out.

LIVE Arts Day

September 18

Celebrate Sarasota’s vibrant arts community with this free event on St. Armands Circle. From 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., you can expect live performances from the Westcoast Black Theater Troupe, the Sarasota Chamber Orchestra, the Jazz Club of Sarasota and more, as well as artist popups. and live painting sessions in Circle Park. Learn more here.

Aladdin the ballet

September 19

The Russian Ballet, Inc. tells the magical tale of Aladdin and his Lamp, in performances featuring guest international dancers at the Sarasota Opera House, at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets, sarasotaopera.org or (941) 328-1300.

Flora and Florida

18 Sep-Oct 15

The new Arts Advocates Gallery, located in the crossroads of Siesta Mall at 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, presents a special member exhibit featuring the works of Donna Janee Karambelas, who works in acrylics to create colorful flowers and tropical pieces. Exhibition hours are from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday, and you can also take advantage of the Sarasota Colony Artists exhibit at the same time. For more information, visit artsadvocates.org.

Sale of Asolo representative costumes

Sep 17 and 18

Get medieval – or Renaissance, or contemporary, or the ’30s and’ 40s – with a purchase or two from Asolo Rep’s extensive collection of professionally designed costumes. You can feel like a star and help support the theater at the same time. The sale takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at the Koski Production Center, 1009 Tallevast Road, and masks are mandatory. Find out on asolorep.org.

Renkl Market at 1Sarasota Bookstore

September 16

New York Times opinion writer Margaret Renkl talks about her latest book, Graceland, Finally: Notes on Hope and sorrow of the South, at 7 p.m. Thursday. He is part of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Reader Meet Writer author series; reservations are required for the Zoom link, and there is an optional cost of $ 7 to help defray the cost of the bookstore. To learn more, visit sarasotabooks.com/events or call (941) 365-7900.