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Want something unique? How about this show at the Riviera Dunes Marina in Palmetto? It promises a mix of fear and fun, drama and cabaret, acrobatics and more, in performances that aim to entertain those over 17. The shows run from January 6 to 17, and seats will be limited to follow Covid-19 safety guidelines. To learn more and purchase tickets, call (941) 704-8572 or visit paranormalcirque.com.
Masterpieces of the Sarasota Orchestra: Ohlsson plays Rachmaninoff
The orchestra kicks off in 2022 with a concert featuring master pianist Garrick Ohlsson and conducted by conductor David Alan Miller at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Ohlsson will perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3; Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 is also on the program. Tickets at (941) 953-3434 or sarasotaorchestra.org.
Also a little out of the ordinary is this show filled with art, science and magic. The backyard of The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime is the setting for Spheres Bubble Show, directed by “bubble phenomenon” Blaise Rynes, who appeared in season 13 of America has talent. Also in the mix: live music from Tyler Vaden, guest vendors and food from Hamlet’s Eatery. At 821 Apricot Ave., Sarasota; for more info, visit bazaaronapricotandlime.com.
Ringling College Art Galleries
January 10-March 25
New shows for the New Year on the College of Art and Design campus. Among them: works by Tom and Peggy Root in the Patricia Thompson + Skylight galleries; Ligature XI in the Willis Smith Gallery; A little of Our favorite things in the Richard and Barbara Basch gallery; and art by Therman Statom in the Lois and David Stulberg Gallery. At the PS 340 downtown space, longtime Ringling instructor Regan Dunnick presents Ulysses from Plum Bob Pt. 2. For more information, visit ringlingcollege.gallery.
People of the book: Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel
Need to laugh? Longtime Humorous Columnist Dave Barry and Original Saturday Night Live Writer Alan Zweibel seems safe to deliver when they appear at 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, as part of the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation’s People of the Book series. Fun separately, they should be double the fun together. Visit jfedsrq.org for ticket info.
Costa Rican Rainforest Masks
The Once Against Marie Selby Botanical Gardens are home to this exhibit and sale display, featuring hundreds of balsa wood masks carved and hand painted by artists from the indigenous Boruca tribe of southwest Costa Rica. During the opening weekend, January 8 and 9, there is also a pop-up shop at Selby’s Museum of Botany & the Arts with smaller jewelry and masks for sale. For more information visit selby.org.
Sarasota Guitar: Johan Smith
Classical guitarist Smith (from Switzerland) kicks off this international concert series for 2022, with a performance at 7:30 p.m. at the Riverview Performing Arts Center. Expect “diverse multi-genre music” to be played. (941) 260-3306 or guitarsarasota.org.
Sarasota Concert Association Musical Matinees
This free concert series will also be the musical kick-off of the New Year, which will take place at noon in the David Cohen Hall of the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center. Although free, pre-registration and tickets are required, and Covid-19 protocols will be followed. The performance will be Passerine, offering a fresh take on traditional folk and bluegrass music as well as original songs. (941) 966-6161, scasarasota.org.