This week in A + E: from December 16 to 22 | Arts and entertainment


Janet Williams aka The Tennessee Tramp

7 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy, 1923 Ringling Blvd.

25 $


Here is the funny one. Janet Williams has been on tour for two decades, and her end-of-life turn as a stand-up comedian came after a divorce left her with plenty to talk about. Williams, previously a professor before becoming a comedian, performed to a nationwide audience on BET’s Comic View, and is a veteran of several USO tours to entertain troops overseas. Operates until Saturday.


Bradenton Riverwalk Seafood and Music Festival

4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Riverwalk Pavilion, 452 Third Ave. W., Bradenton

To free


There will be food, drink and live music at the Bradenton Riverwalk Seafood and Music Festival, which begins Friday night and continues at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The festival will also offer shopping for arts, crafts and fine products.


7:30 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail

From $ 30


Celebrate two birthdays with the Sarasota Ballet. The Sarasota Ballet will perform “Giselle”, which was first produced 180 years ago, and will celebrate the 95th birthday of Sir Peter Wright, who produced this version of the show.

“Giselle” is rooted in two classic volumes – Fantômes de Victor Hugo and De Allemagne by Heinrich Heine – and was adapted by Sir Peter Wright in 1965. Margaret Barbieri, deputy director of the Sarasota Ballet, performed in “Giselle” at the Royal Opera House in London, and now she is helping keep opera alive by coach dancers of a new generation.

The performances will be accompanied by the Sarasota Orchestra, which will be conducted by guest conductor Jared Oaks, Music Director of Ballet West. Continues at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

Winter showcase

7 p.m. at SCD Home Studio, 1400 Boulevard des Arts

$ 20 in person, $ 10 virtually


The Sarasota Contemporary Dance Ensemble will feature a number of works choreographed by associate directors Xiao-Xuan Dancigers and Melissa Rummel, and you can watch the dancers live or from the comfort of your sofa. There will also be two screenings of the Winter Showcase at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Bassist Michael Ross will bring an evening of Mingus and holiday favorites to Fogartyville.

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8 p.m. at Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Court

$ 18 for members, $ 20 for non-members


Step into the holiday season with bassist Michael Ross and Charles Mingus. Ross, longtime member of Tampa Bay jazz mainstays Liquid Bebop, will perform some of Mingus’ favorites, his own tunes and holiday classics. Ross will be joined by multi-instrumentalists Daniel Jordan and David Pate, pianist Anthony Aldissi and drummer John Jenkins.

Jazz bassist and Hermitage member Luke Stewart will perform live in Sarasota.

The Edge of Music with Luke Stewart

5:30 p.m. at Booker High School, 3201 N. Orange Ave.

$ 5 for registration


Jazz bassist and Hermitage member Luke Stewart will share some of his work and play a jam session with local artists at Booker High School, and he will also chat with audiences about his roots and his path to success in the music industry.


Bedroom Evening

4 p.m. at Holley Hall, 709 N. Tamiami Trail

$ 38- $ 48


The Sarasota String Quartet, composed of violinists Daniel Jordan and Christopher Takeda, violist Rachel Halvorson and cellist Natalie Helm, will perform a selection of works by Mozart, Schubert and Caroline Shaw. The 95-minute show includes a 15-minute intermission.

“What softer music”

5:00 p.m. at the Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave.

$ 35


Join star performers, mezzo-soprano Amy Jo Connours and organists Sam Nelson and Ann Stephenson-Moe for an evening of holiday classics with Choral Artists of Sarasota. Most of the tunes have been arranged by the venerable Canadian Brass quintet, and the lead trumpet will be played by founding member Ronald Romm. The title of the show comes from the song “What Sweeter Music” by John Rutter.

Robert Phillips will perform as part of Guitar Sarasota’s Emerging Artists series.


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7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 2256 Bahia Vista St.

To free


Classical guitarist Robert Phillips plays Sarasota as part of Guitar Sarasota’s Emerging Artists series, which brings local and regional musicians to perform and participate in a question-and-answer session. Phillips, a resident of Central Florida, made his recital debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 1987, and has recorded and performed regularly for decades.

Ringling by the bay

5:30 p.m. at Bolgier Campiello, 5401 Bayshore Road

$ 20


The seven-piece tropical dance group Big Night Out is headlining the latest edition of the Ringling by the Bay Festival, which features food, drink and dancing by the bay 11 times from November to may.

John McEuen

7 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy, 1923 Ringling Blvd.

$ 37


Don’t let the circle break. John McEuen, founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, will perform as part of McGurdy’s Music Monday series and share his memories of the platinum album Will The Circle Be Unbroken. McEuen, recently inducted into the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame, will be supported by guitarists John Cable and Bart Hanchey.

Brazilian bossa nova artist Daniela Soledade will headline the Sarasota Jazz Club.

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7:30 p.m. at FST’s John C. Court Cabaret, 1265 First St.

$ 38; members $ 35


Daniela Soledade, originally from Rio de Janeiro, will headline the Monday Night Jazz Cabaret with Florida guitarist Nate Najar. Soledade released her debut album, “A Moment of You”, in 2019, and she is the granddaughter of Bossa Nova’s first composer, Paulo Soledade. Najar, originally from nearby St. Petersburg, is influenced by the style of jazz guitarist Charlie Byrd.


Johnny Wild and the delicacies

7:30 p.m. at the Jervey Theater of the Venice Theater, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice

28 $


Johnny Wild & The Delights, a retro band specializing in 50s and 60s sockhop hits, will present their Christmas Spectacular at the Jervey Theater for an evening of classic Christmas tunes and merriment. Runs through Wednesday.


‘A Christmas Carol’

7:30 p.m. at Studio 1130, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail

$ 36.50

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Sit tight as Jim Floyd brings Ebenezer Scrooge – and several other characters – to life from Charles Dickens’ legendary “A Christmas Carol”. Floyd begins in the one-man show, which is an adaptation of the Dickens classic by Greg Bodine. Operates until Thursday.

Violinist Geneva Lewis will play selections by Massenet and Vivaldi at the Sarasota Opera House.

Winter dreams: discover Mozart

7:30 p.m. at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.

$ 27 to $ 65


Conductor Sameer Patel conducts a program that begins with Debussy’s “Petite Suite” and ends with Mozart’s Symphony No. 31. Violinist Geneva Lewis will perform on pieces by Massenet and Vivaldi.

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