8 p.m. at Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Court
$ 30; members $ 27
Fogartyville folk rock troubadour Steve Forbert is on the front page of the first week of the year. The Mississippi native had a rich and distinguished career that began in the late 1970s, and he released both a memoir and his latest album “The Magic Tree” in 2018.
7 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theater, 1923 Ringling Blvd.
Al Romas performed on New Years Eve at McCurdy’s, but the party has only just begun. Romas, a veteran of the touring comedy club circuit and a McCurdy favorite, will bring his brand of observational humor to the stage six times over the weekend. Operates until Sunday.
DO NOT MISS
Ohlsson plays Rachmaninoff
Legendary pianist Garrick Ohlsson returns to Sarasota to play Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, composed in 1909. Ohlsson, 73, is the only American to win first prize in the prestigious Chopin International Piano Competition, which he has held. obtained in 1970. Conductor Jeffrey Kahane, musical director of the Sarasota Music Festival, will conduct the orchestra, which will play Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 before Ohlsson on Rachmaninoff.
Operates until Sunday
When: 8 p.m., January 7
Or: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail
Tickets: $ 35 to $ 98
Music on the main screen
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 8100 Lakewood Main St.
The free concert series and block party return with the Derek Lersch Band on the first Friday in January. Lersch and his band bring country music to the stage, and the street will be lined with food trucks and beer vendors. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Players Center for Performing Arts.
John Patti “Steels” The Classics
7:30 p.m. at the Players Center for Performing Arts, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail
Who is ready for a little soul of steel drum? John Patti brings a little Caribbean flavor to many standards and classics, and he will walk through both the origin of the instrument and its innovative use in all the flavors of modern contemporary sounds. Patti aims to play a mix of everything from jazz to R&B, all with an island vibe.
The New Orleans suspects
8 p.m. at the Blue Rooster, 1525 Fourth St.
What do you get when you combine some of the most seasoned professional musicians into one of America’s richest sound tapestries? You get the New Orleans Suspects, a band that originated from the Maple Leaf of New Orleans, but toured for a decade and released five albums together.
Identity journeys in poetry and music
5 p.m. at Hermitage Beach, 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood
Hermitage Fellows Chet’la Sebree and Wang Lu will present their latest works to the public. Sebree, winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, and Lu, pianist and composer and winner of the Berlin Prize for Young Artists, will share their diverse talents and perspectives. Lu, a Guggenheim Fellow, has performed her works internationally.
7:30 p.m. at the Asolo Theater, 5401 Bayshore Road
$ 40 to $ 45
Hanafusa will perform on consecutive dates, once solo and once in duet with his sister Mami. On Saturday, the solo artist will play selections including Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and Gaspard from Ravel’s Night, then the next day at 3 p.m., she will take the stage with her sister.
The duo will perform selections from Debussy and Ravel as well as their own signature compositions.
Sarasota Winter Fine Arts Festival
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at JD Hamel Park, 199 Bayfront Drive
Local, regional and national artists bring their wares to JD Hamel Park, and this two-day event will feature creations in carpentry, painting, sculpture, jewelry, photography, ceramics and more. Operates until Sunday.
Selby Gardens by boat
9:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 1534 Mound St.
$ 125; $ 115 members
Visit both Selby Gardens campuses in one day. And with a guide! The new Gardens Tour, which takes place weekly on Saturdays, includes lunch and an educational narration of the nature and history you’ll see along the way. You’ll travel by boat between the Historic Spanish Point campus and downtown Sarasota, and have time to wander around after the tour is over.
7:30 p.m. at the Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way
$ 35- $ 39
Smith, a Swiss-born virtuoso, kicks off the Sarasota International Guitar Concert Series. Smith won the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America competition in 2019 and has been invited to perform with orchestras as a soloist around the world. Smith recently released his second album, Naxos, in 2020.
Bassimi Ibrahim, a meditative experience
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Ibrahim, a modern abstract artist, will end his exhibition at the Art Center on January 15, giving visitors one last chance to see Ibrahim’s works in one place.
The Art Centre’s other exhibits – Untitled Cup Shop, George Pappas Selected Works and Modes of Abstraction – will all run through January 15, then the gallery will make room for a brand new list of exhibits that will run from January 27 to March 5.
Prints, ceramics and glasses from Japan
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ringling Museum, 5401 Bayshore Road
$ 25, free members
This exhibition, which opened its doors last August, will run until January 15. The exhibition features works by Fujikasa Satoko, Miyashita Zenji, Niisato Akio, and Ikuta Niyoko, and it shows the art and imaginative spirit that go into the making of ceramics and glass.
There is another exhibition at the Ringling featuring Japanese art – Hard Bodies: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture – and it is nearing its end date as well. The exhibition opened on October 31 and will run until January 23.
Celebration in song
7:00 p.m. at the Sarasota Opera House, 61. N. Pineapple Ave.
$ 50 to $ 125
This event is presented by Temple Beth Sholom and will feature Cantor Avi Schwartz, Principal Cantor of the Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City. Schwartz, along with Cantor Mira Davis, will perform pieces from genres ranging from Jewish liturgy to Broadway, pop music and more.
Joy of Jazz
2:00 p.m. at Centennial Park Gazebo, 200 W. Venice Ave. to Venise
The Sarasota Jazz Club is hosting a free event to benefit its scholarship program. Free entry and free parking.
8 p.m. at the Mertz Asolo Repertory Theater, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
Our Town, a 1938 Pulitzer Prize-winning play written by Thornton Wilder, will debut Wednesday and end on March 26. The play, directed by Desdemona Chiang, chronicles an ordinary day in an ordinary city and how its citizens experience love and life.