WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO – Key West Florida Weekly

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THURSDAY12/19

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Winter Semester Registration Now open to the general public. More than 100 courses, classes and programs on diverse subjects, including art appreciation, culture and travel, health and well-being, global issues, science, philosophy and religion take place from Jan. 13 to March 6. Highlights include:

The Listening to Women series, featuring six sessions from Feb. 6-March 12 focusing on innovative women.

Hello, Dolly Dec. 19-22, a Main Stage production, at The Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 941-365-2494; http://www.theplayers.org.

Einsteins Circle discussions, including Full Speed Ahead: Back to the Moon! with Kenneth Bechis (Feb. 5); Stalin and Roosevelt, Gorbachev and Reagan, Putin and Trump with Robert Toplin (Feb. 19);

The winter lectures series, which includes talks including Forged by Fire: RescuersMoral Heroes of The Holocaust with Andre Krauss, on March 5.

The CONNECTIONS documentary film series, moderated by Julie Cotton, screens films on Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m. On tap: The Biggest Little Farm (Jan. 21); RGB (February 11); Catching Sight of Thelma and Louise (March 3); and two more.

Register at 941-309-5111 or visit http://www.OlliatRinglingCollege.org.

Lights in Bloom celebration 6-9 p.m. nightly through Jan. 4 at Selby Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Explore and view life-size gardenthemed holiday lights that transform the gardens into a tropical wonderland. The tropical holiday paradise includes nightly visits from Santa and his elves before Christmas Eve, childrens arts and crafts activities and games and live entertainment. Food for purchase from the Michaels on East grill and a cash bar. $20 members, $25 nonmember adults; $7 children age 5-12; free for kids younger than age 5. Closed on Christmas Day and Jan. 3. http://www.selby.org.

Live Music for Charity 6-9 p.m. Dec. 19, Ciao Gelato, 317 W. Venice Ave., Venice. Donate a toy or cash. All musician tips go to local charities and will be matched. Music by George Byrne. 941- 445-5840; email rockbud@comcast.net.

Assisted Living the Musical: THE HOME for the Holidays Through Dec. 22, the Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice. Recognized as one of the most successful, nonprofit community theaters in the country, entertains with full-scale musicals, oneact plays, other stage productions, and a summer childrens theater. 941-488-1115; http://www.venicestage.com.

A Motown Christmas featuring the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Dec. 19-20, at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. http://www.sarasotaopera.org or http://www.westcoastblacktheatre.org.

FRIDAY12/20

Jazz at Two 2-4 p.m. Dec. 20, Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. The Mark Moultrup Music Quintet performs music from the American songbook, jazz favorites and some holiday classics. $10 at the door for Sarasota Jazz Club members, $20 for nonmembers. 941-366-1552.

The annual Lakewood Ranch Jingle 5K Run/Walk On-site registration opens at 4 p.m. Dec. 20 for this races along Main Street, Lakewood Ranch. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces, which they will supply, and lighted flashers. Holiday music will be played along the course with live music at the post-race party. Registration: $11- $35. Kids runs start at 6 p.m. 5K runners at 7 and 5K walkers at 7:10. thejingle5k.org.

A Very Merry Holiday Pops Concert Dec. 20-21, Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave. at the Venice High School campus. The Venice Symphony performs an eclectic

selection of seasonal music, from holiday classics to songs from holiday films with special guests the Sarasota Key Chorale. $27- $51. http://www.thevenicesymphony.org; 941-448-1010.

Bob Hopes Christmas Gala Dec. 20-21, Gulf Theater at the Military Heritage Museum, 900 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. Bob Hope impersonator Bill Johnson will be joined by Holly Faris as Phyllis Diller and Marilyn Monroe, with special guest Michelle Dellafave, a former dancer on The Dean Martin Show. http://www.militaryheritagemuseum.org; 941-575-9002.

A Classic Crosley Christmas: A Timeless Holiday Through Dec. 22, Crosley Estate, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Join Gwendolyn and Powel Crosley for a riotous retelling of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, music with the Mistletones, Get tickets at the Manatee Performing Arts Center Box Office, online and at 941-748-5875.

A Country Christmas at Hunsader Farms 6-10 p.m. Dec. 20-22, Hunsader Farms, 5500 C.R. 675, Bradenton. Hayrides, kiddie train rides, a petting zoo, games, Christmas village, pictures with Santa, outdoor Christmas movies on a big screen and more than 300,000 twinkling Christmas lights. Food and drink vendors. $10 cash only, free for age 5 and younger. 561-322-2168; http://www.hunsaderfarms.com

Friday Night Concert Series 5-7 p.m. Dec. 20, Centennial Park, 200 W. Venice Ave., Venice. The Bridget Phillips Band. 941-484-6722; http://www.visitvenicefl.org.

SATURDAY12/21

Venice Plein Air Meet and Paint 9 a.m.- noon Dec. 21, Centennial Park, 200 W. Venice Ave., Venice. A morning of painting followed by a critique. Visit the Facebook page.

Live Nativity Noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 21-23, Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, 7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota. Camels, donkeys, goats and other animals. $18 adults, $8 for age 12 and younger. Free for active military and veterans. bigcathabitat.org; 941-371-6377.

Deck the Halls! A Holly Jolly Holiday Dec. 21-22, Bownes Lab Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota. An all-new musical celebration of everything that makes the holidays in Sarasota special. 941-366- 9000; http://www.floridastudiotheatre.org.

Christmas Dinner Dance 5-9 p.m. Dec. 21, Knights of Columbus, 512 Substation Road, Venice. Knights of Columbus Council 7052 is hosting its Christmas Dinner-Dance Party. Champagne chicken, scalloped potatoes, buttered peas and carrots, salad, dessert. Entertainment by The Allegros. $20. Reservations required. Call Lynda Kent at 941-408-4902 or Maria Montalvo at 941-623-7519 for Spanish speakers.

Tuba Christmas 5:15-6:15 p.m. Dec. 21, Centennial Park, 200 W. Venice Ave., Venice. Info: James at 863-214-1483 or email at northportmusic@yahoo.com.

Venice Oldies Dance 7-10 p.m. Dec. 21, Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Ave. S., Venice. $20. Get tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com.

The Sounds of Christmas featuring the Ditchfield Family Singers Dec. 21-22, Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice. 941-488-1115; http://www.venicestage.com.

SUNDAY, 12/22

Holly Jolly Trolley Tour 2 p.m. Sunday, DST Trolley Depot, 1826 Fourth St., Sarasota. Guide Jenny Jingle narrates a special daytime holiday tour with cocoa at the Trolley Cottage before the tour, carols and Christmas stories of Sarasota. Prizes will be awarded for Best Ugly Sweater on every tour. Visit the Holiday Boutique in the Vintage Sarasota Gift Shop. discoversarasotatours.com; 941-260-9818.

The ninth annual Taste of Chanukah Food & Music Festival 3-6 p.m. Dec. 22, The Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Live music, catered kosher food, arts & crafts, the Skyriders Trampoline Show, a graffiti wall, a laser light show, trackless train ride, live music, magicians. $5, free for younger than age 13. Free parking. http://www.atasteofchanukah.com.

The Choral Artists of Sarasota perform 5 p.m. Dec. 22, Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. A cheerful concert of choral music with brass and organ. Guest conductor Todd Craven. Tickets $5-$38. https:// choralartistssarasota.org/.

Menorah Lighting 5 p.m. Dec. 22, 395 Dearborn St., Englewood. Music and food. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. 941- 493-2770.

Sounds of the Season Dec. 22 at Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. The Choral Artists of Sarasota performs its 41st season. Tickets start at $20 at http://www.ChoralArtistsSarasota.org; 941-387-4900.

The Ten Tenors Home for the Holidays 7 p.m. Dec. 22, The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. A mix of festive favorites and modern holidays hits. 941-953-3368; 800-826-9303; http://www.VanWezel.org.

MONDAY12/23

A Carol Sing and the Nativity Story 5 p.m. Dec. 23, Siesta Key Beach, 946 Beach Road, Siesta Key. BYO chairs and blankets. http://www.Escape-to- Sarasota.com.

TUESDAY12/24

Holly Jolly Trolley Tour 2 p.m. Christmas Eve (Dec. 24), DST Trolley Depot, 1826 Fourth St., Sarasota. Guide Jenny Jingle narrates a special daytime holiday tour with cocoa at the Trolley Cottage before the tour, carols and Christmas stories of Sarasota. Prizes will be awarded for Best Ugly Sweater on every tour. Visit the Holiday Boutique in the Vintage Sarasota Gift Shop. discoversarasotatours.com; 941- 260-9818.

Christmas Candlelight Celebration 6-7 p.m. Dec. 24 in the Gazebo at Centennial Park, 200 W. Venice Ave., Venice. Presented by the Venice Bible Church.

WEDNESDAY12/25

The annual Pinecraft Christmas Parade Dec. 25 near the intersection of Bahia Vista Avenue and Beneva Road in Sarasota. The Sarasota Amish and Mennonite community hosts this parade, traditionally held on Christmas afternoon. Participants assemble in the parking lot at Der Dutchman restaurant, 3713 Bahia

Vista St., at 1 p.m. The parade starts soon after that. Visit the Facebook page.

LOOKING AHEAD

Menorah Lighting 5 p.m. Dec. 26, Warm Mineral Springs, North Port. Cosponsored by the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. 941-493-2770.

Deck the Halls at Ca dZan 5-8 p.m. Dec. 26, on the grounds of the Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. The mansion is all decked out for the holiday season including a 10-foot tree. Tickets: $15, free for members and included with Art After Five admission. 941-358-3180.

The Santa Stumble Pub Crawl 9 p.m. to close Dec. 26, Siesta Key Village, Siesta Key. Hosted by the Block that Roxx. Also includes SKOB, Gilligans Island Bar, Daiquiri Deck and 3.14 Pi. siestakey.com

Venice Klezmer Festival 4:30- 6:30 p.m. Dec. 29, at the Gazebo at Centennial Park, 200 W. Venice Ave., Venice. A concert by Boris & Natasha and the Freilach Klezmer Band, a giant menorah made out of Legos, a live appearance by Judah the Maccabee, the lighting of the 12-foot menorah, a performance from Chabads Hebrew School of the Arts students, Dreidel House. Traditional Hanukkah food including falafel, latkes, donuts, and Matzah ball soup. Free. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. 941-493-2770; http://www.chabadofvenicec.com.

ONGOING

The Fence Through Feb. 8, Regatta Island in Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota. This huge public photo exhibition a showcase of the best from Gulf Coast photographers appears on both sides of a fence between the islands twin bridges. Each photo series is comprised of as many as five images that share a thematic connection or tell a story. Free. 6 a.m.-6 p.m. 941-358-7275.

AT MAJOR VENUES

Asolo Repertory Theatre 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 941-351- 8000; http://www.asolorep.org.

Harmony for the Holidays Dec. 21-22. Shows at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 and 5 p.m. Sunday.

The Sound of Music Through Dec. 28.

In the Conservatory: Gruesome Playground Injuries Dec. 31-Jan. 19.

Bookstore1Sarasota 12 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. http://www.sarasotabooks.com or 941-365-7900.

Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte. 941-625-4175; http://www.theculturalcenter.com; sunevents.com/.

Florida Studio Theatre 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota. 941-366-9000; http://www.floridastudiotheatre.org.

Winter Mainstage:

Bright Star Through Jan. 3. Gompertz Theatre.

Handle with Care Through March 8, Keating Theatre.

FST Improv: Out of Bounds Through Dec. 21.

Cabaret:

Thats Amore! Through Feb. 2 in Court Cabaret.

Outlaws and Angels Through March 29.

Childrens Theatre:

Pinocchio Saturdays and select Sundays through Jan. 2. Keating Theatre.

Gulf Theater at the Military Heritage Museum 900 W. Marion Ave. in Punta Gorda. http://www.militaryheritagemuseum.org; 941-575-9002.

Bob Hopes Christmas Gala 5:30 p.m. Dec. 20-21. Bob Hope impersonator Bill Johnson will be joined by Holly Faris as Phyllis Diller.

McCurdys Comedy Theatre & Humor Institute 1923 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. 941-925-3869; http://www.mccurdyscomedy.com.

Brett Leake Dec. 19-22.

Bermuda Mavericks Dec. 20-21.

Rahn Hortman Dec. 26-29.

New Years Eve With Basile Dec. 31.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Ave., Building #1, Sarasota. 941-309-5111; http://www.olliatringlingcollege.org.

The Players Centre for Performing Arts 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 941-365-2494; http://www.theplayers.org.

Walk Through Wednesdays Through April 8. A two-hour tour.

The Sarasota Ballet Tickets: $30 and up at http://www.SarasotaBallet.org; 941-359-0099.

Program 3: John Ringlings Circus Nutcracker Dec. 20-21 at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

Sarasota Contemporary Dance Jane B Cook Theatre at FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 941-359-0099.

The Sarasota Opera House 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. http://www.sarasotaopera.org

Perlman Music Program

PMP Sarasota Winter Residency Dec. 21-Jan. 4, USF Sarasota- Manatee Campus.

Celebration Concert Jan. 4, Sarasota Opera House.

A Motown Christmas featuring the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Dec. 19-20. http://www.westcoastblacktheatre.org.

The Nutcracker Dec. 21-22. Performed by The Diane Partington Studio of Classical Ballet.

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 941-953-3368; 800-826-9303; http://www.Van- Wezel.org.

The TEN Tenors Home for the Holidays Dec. 22.

Moscow Ballets Great Russian Nutcracker Dec. 28.

The Venice Chorale Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Venice. Season tickets: $55-$70, $15 for students. Single tickets: $20-$25, $5 for students. 941-218-3779; http://www.thevenicechorale.org.

Venice Community Concert Series Venice Community Church, 825 The Rialto, Venice. 941-488-5525; http://www.venicecommunityconcertseries.com.

Jazz Masters 7 p.m. Jan. 18. The Jazz Masters, a six-member jazz ensemble featuring top jazz talent from South Florida, performs jazz standards, selections from the Great American Songbook, and original music written by members Peter BarenBregge (woodwinds); Dick Hyman on piano; Tom Jestadt (drums); Mark Neuenschwander (bass); Randy Sandke (trumpet); and Michael Treni (trombone). A meet-andgreet reception follows.

Venice Institute for Performing Arts 1 Indian Ave., Venice. 941-218- 3779; http://www.veniceperformingartscenter.com.

A Very Merry Holiday Pops 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 and 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21. With special guest The Key Chorale.

Decades Rewind 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 31. $25-$60.

The Venice Symphony 230 Tamiami Trail, Ste. 3A, Venice. Performances at Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Venice. Saturday Night at the Symphony: Buy three concerts and save 15 percent. 941-207-8822; 941- 412-4725; http://www.thevenicesymphony.org.

A Very Merry Holiday Pops Dec. 20-21.

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