The Suncoast has so many cool things going on! From a Native American Indian Festival to comedy at the Mahaffey Theater!
Week of January 25 – February 1, 2020
Saturday, January 25
New Year’s Day – by Wang Anshi
The New Year is coming amid the sound of firecracker,
The spring breeze has wafted the warm breath with Tusu wine.
While the rising sun shines thousands of houses,
New peach wood charms replace the old ones.
Good to know:
Tusu wine was medical liquor in the old days, and was infused with Chinese herbs and then placed in a thatched cottage that was decorated with an herb named Tusu, hence the name of this wine. Its functions were driving out the chill and protecting from plague and epidemic.
Peach wood charms are the images of the door gods or their names hanging on the gate to ward evil off.
The author, Wang Anshi, a famous reformer and prime minister in the North Song Dynasty, wrote this poem having implemented the new policies. He had confidence in this reform, and firmly believed the new would eventually take the place of the old. The poem suggests the political reform will bring a promising start for people’s life.
The above is from www.chinaeducationaltours.com
Sunday, January 26
2020 Sarasota Native American Indian Festival
Sarasota County Fairgrounds & Robarts Arena 3000 Ringling Blvd. Sarasota, FL 34237
Rick Bird and the Bird Choppers will host drum again this year. Guest artist is Lowery Begay who is a world champion hoop dancer. There will be other great musical and storytelling artists plus unique fine arts and crafts for sale. This festival is 3 days (Fri – Sun) ending today.
Tickets Online here. Sarasota Fair FB More info on event here!
Tuesday, January 28
Louie Anderson and Rita Rudner
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 777 N. Tamiami Trl. Sarasota, FL 34236
Two great comics on one fun-filled evening! Louie Anderson is a 3-time Emmy Award winner and one of the greatest stand-up comedians of all time. Paired with Rita Rudner who has been named Las Vegas’ “Comedian of the Year” nine years in a row!
Tickets Online here. Louie Anderson FB Rita Rudner FB Van Wezel FB More info on event here!
Wednesday, January 29
Open Mic Night
Snook Haven Restaurant 5000 E. Venice Ave. Venice, FL 34292
Here’s your chance to entertain a crowd! This venue is perfect for singers, song writers, solo acts or collaborations. You will need to bring your own instrument and the restaurant will provide a mic and PA system. This should be fun! Even if you don’t want to participate you might just hear some great live music!
Thursday, January 30
Historic Mural Society Reception & Silent Auction
Punta Gorda, FL
Visual Arts Center 210 Maud St. Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Celebrating 25 years of Painting the Town there were celebrations all month long. The month’s celebrations culminate in this evening’s silent auction of historic framed mural renderings and a reception.
Tickets Online here. Visual Arts Center Punta Gorda FB More info on event here!
Saturday, February 1
A Gala Evening with Bernadette Peters
St. Petersburg, FL
Mahaffey Theater 400 1st St. S. Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
The Florida Orchestra will be joined by Bernadette Peters with Marvin Laird on piano. This evening is to benefit The Florida Orchestra’s artistic initiatives. There are many levels of tickets to choose from. Also available is “Our Full Gala Experience” (For more info on this call Meg Carlone at (727) 362-5422 or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tickets Online here. Florida Orchestra FB MahaffeyTheater FB More info on event here!
Photos from events’ FB or website pages.